Show Review: Hank and Cupcakes @ Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta (Nov. 19, 2010)
There’s something special about a deep bond between a man and a woman.* Whether it is through marriage (congrats to Patrick A. of Punk Torah and his new wife Anna!!) communal kinship or shared musical expression, two becoming one is a sacred experience. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of witnessing such a strong connection when Hank and Cupcakes took the stage at the Drunken Unicorn.
At first glance, Hank and Cupcakes resemble the White Stripes. They’re a minimalist, high energy pop duo. She’s behind the drum kit, he’s slapping strings… their relationship is not directly addressed. But that’s where the comparisons end.
When the set begins, you realize Cupcakes (AKA Sagit Shir) is leading this party. She’s the group’s vocalist while controlling the tempo with a strong bass drum foot and a steady snare. It’s odd to see someone play a drum kit while standing (she loses speed and precision) but I can’t envision any stool containing Cupcakes’ energy.
Hank (AKA Ariel Scherbacovsky) matches her vigorous performance in an almost hypnotic trance. He rarely talks (only to Cupcakes) and spends a large part of the set looking down and stomping on a wide array of peddles, switches and other bass effects. Their connection is tight if not visible.
Hank and Cupcakes were about halfway through their East Coast tour when they stopped through Atlanta and already have plans to repeat some stops on this tour next February. They have passion and are unique. They have played larger venues in other cities and should return to a bigger space next year.
I missed out on a chance to interview Hank and Cupcakes as they were stuck in Atlanta traffic. If you want to know more about Ariel and Sagit and their influences, check out Star Child’s interview from earlier this year.
* I’m not implicitly commenting about the specialness (or perceived lack thereof) for a same sex couple. Myself and AJMF are open minded and tolerant.