Hank & Cupcakes play ☀️Sunset Sessions ☀️ Sunday 5/20
w/ The Stir + Ayo River
Sunset Sessions is back! Come to the park and enjoy FREE Live music in the park.
Check out these artists and the others on the series here...
2018 SUNSET SESSIONS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST open.spotify.com/user/hermustache/playlist/0LBc1Xc3k2kjOiVvinOvaF?si=pyaVREnzQHS967hX6wv2pQ
Hank & Cupcakes
"Fresh new artist" — MTV.com
"Funky fresh sound" — New York Post
"Hard and fast yet so electro-disco, Hank & Cupcakes spin vicious pop that is just as good for rocking out as it is for dancing. They sound insanely polished, they have boundless energy…either we’re getting punked somehow or this duo is looking at quick big things." — Metromix New York
"The most fun you will have listening to any band in the new year." — Huffington Post
"When Hank & Cupcakes take the stage, their infectious energy dominates the room, generating a fierce groove that immediately has the crowd up and moving." — Flavorpill New York
“Williamsburg duo Hank & Cupcakes pumps out tight, funky indie pop with impressively sturdy hooks. ” — Time Out New York
"…irresistibly danceable" — Paste
"The distinctive edgy sound and overall attitude of this minimalist but successful duo is reminiscent of New York City’s energy and restlessness combined with bits of soulfulness and youthful spirit." — The Deli NYC
"In only a year the Brooklyn based duo known as Hank & Cupcakes have become underground music royalty in New York City." — Examiner.com New York
"Hank & Cupcakes' brand of dance music is both well-executed and catchy. Standing at the drums, Cupcakes kept the beat and remained alarmingly pitch perfect as Hank brought the funk with some incredibly skillful bass work..." — Jezebel Music
"Hank & Cupcakes manages to combine superb songwriting with the infectious rhythmic patterns of early '70s disco and funk, and audience-friendly hooks." — Hybrid Magazine
"The duo's impressive sound is so big that it's hard to believe that they are only a two piece band…This band is fun, unique, very talented, and if you get the chance to check them out live, you won't regret it." — Examiner.com Boston
HANK & CUPCAKES
Flush with simmering sexuality and irresistible dance pulse, Hank & Cupcakes are the coalescence of rock without guitars, pop without synthesizers, everything you would NOT expect them to be. Named in reference to notorious Charles ‘Hank’ Bukowski and one of his lovers ‘Cupcakes’, this Atlanta based duo by way of Brooklyn NY, Tel Aviv Israel & Melbourne Australia defy modern rock-pop expectations with their full luscious sound, breathtaking stage personas and the brutal honesty with which they play.
Pedal board magician Hank commands an army of pedals with his bass guitar while powerhouse vocalist/drummer Cupcakes dominates the drums standing up (!) while belting out emotive and groove filled vocals, making it difficult to believe there are only two people on stage. With a recklessness reminiscent of Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, an early RHCP rawness, a fun-punk Ting Tings vibe and a ‘The Kills’ raw rock sex appeal, Hank & Cupcakes are the embodiment of all of those, creating a new hybrid of music motivated by true freedom and boundless limits.
Hailed by MTV as a “Fresh new artist with an infectious blend of electro pop goodness” by Paste Magazine as “Irresistibly Danceable” and as having a “Funky Fresh Sound” by the New York Post, the powerful duo are now honing their explosive live performances in front of audiences as they tour the country in support of their third album ‘CHEAP THRILL’.
Ayo River is a musical project whose songs are directly aimed at millennials. Weston Taylor, the singer/songwriter behind this moniker, teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Matt Martin to craft his debut album, Failed State. The 11-track record depicts the journeys and personal tales of Taylor, a teacher at an Atlanta music school. In his freshman year of college in Athens, GA, he wanted to become a rapper. When Lil Wayne was serving time in prison at Rikers Island, Weston mailed him pages and pages of lyrics. He never saw a reply.
After advice from his friends that it wasn’t working out for him, Weston put the music he hoped to make behind him. He took on creative writing as an emotional outlet. After securing his teaching position, he rediscovered pop music through the eyes of his young students. From there, he knew what he wanted to set out to do hence the fruition of Failed State.
The first LP from Ayo River overflows with nostalgia, but is starkly contemporary too. The lyrics range from Tinder, turning 25, feeling old and confused. It’s all delicately wrapped up in this coming of age tale. The miscommunications through modern technology and social media are embedded within the inner seams of the indie-pop songs. As one becomes invested with Failed State, they will hear the jovial overlay with most of these tracks. With many things in life, when you search for something deeper over the glossy surface, you reveal the truth. That truth isn’t what you may have envisioned to uncover either. There are choices and chances ready to be decided, all unbeknownst on the way it will turn out.
Opening track ‘Porcelain’ simmers with a foreboding first half. There’s a slight eruption into something much brighter and more welcoming after that. The song finishes with the lyrics, It’s becoming clear to me/I am different people with different company/no two versions the same/so I’m when all alone don’t know what to do. After it is concluded, there is a sense of understanding established. The words expressed couldn’t be more proper for many individuals in their 20s. The ones navigating uncharted territories, swimming through the raucous tides with head barely above treacherous waters.
‘Mercedes’ is relevant and harrowing as one tries to awaken from sleepwalking through their life. With the songs on Failed State, one senses change that needs to be made within their own trajectory. You come to a point where it is no longer a choice, but a necessity to move on with yourself from occupying the same spot you have been for far too long. ‘Waking Up’ is akin to something off a Death Cab For Cutie album. This sweeping indie-pop jam is utterly reflective and intimate. All dreams must fade, all dreams must go is all too relevant and something most of us do not want to recognize. There’s an instance when this finally becomes a dark reality. It’s a reminder that lost time can never be found. If you aim at nothing, you will hit the bull’s-eye every time.
’11 Likes’ features the boldest of lyrics, I don’t want to lose something so hard to find. Youthfulness fades quickly, desires change rapidly, and love seems like a foreign concept in today’s world for those transitioning from college to the workforce, from one job to the next position, and from one relationship to the next (or lack of one). These common things in life are dealt with by many of us, but the weight of them seems heavier now than ever before in the history of talking about them.
The title track concludes the record in a beautifully simple and refreshing way reminding us that the love you see on television can’t be replicated. A yearning for a girl like Topanga on beloved 90s television show, ‘Boy Meets World’ is merely a concept that can’t be reproduced. Something’s gotta change/From the failed state tears through the listener as if you spoke those very same words in front of a mirror.
Ayo River’s Failed State is a journey within and a journey without. It’s Taylor’s voyage through the wreckage of life’s trials and tribulations, but it’s nothing remotely different than the one his listeners may have encountered along their own path. The roads for most are in many ways parallel to one another. Sometimes they run perpendicular and therefore connections and relationships are made. We may desire various intangible things, but the destination on the terms of an emotion, is quite often similar.
Failed State is that indie movie you discover one day in a mostly vacant theatre. It’s a special feeling because not too many know about it. You connect with it in ways that aren’t essentially radical by any stretch, but you leave the darken room and see the light within a reflection of yourself. You stop to realize this tiresome search to find the light was within you the entire time. All it took was that one distinguishing moment of its arrival.
The Stir is a hard rock trio hailing from Atlanta, GA. Taking elements from all kinds of music, they have created a dark and angry sounding, melodic rock n roll. Andrew took up playing guitar when he was just 10 years old and has been playing for 12 years now, taking influence from players such as Ed Roland, and Tyler Bryant to Slash and Josh Homme. McClain has been rocking the drums for the past 6 years with influences such as Dave Grohl, Steven Adler, and his older brother Tanner Hendon, who has been prevalent around the Atlanta music scene, playing drums in bands like Soul Stash, Chelsea Shag, Bad Company, Night Ranger and others. Tanner plays bass for The Stir and is also a producer at Madison Records. The three grew up going to school together from an early age and bonded musically over their obsession for hard rock. As fate would have it, it would not be long before they would start rocking together in a basement. The band has been working with Madison Records to produce their newest singles "Nightshift" & "Legitimate" of of their coming album "Hear Freedom Ring". The three have shared the stage with acts such as Collective Soul, Jeff Carlisi (38. Special), Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project, Bad Company, Better Than Ezra, Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow, Don Henley), Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship), Richard Smith (Earth, Wind, & Fire), and Jeff Adams (Survivor). The Stir leaves it all out their for you to take so, be ready; The Stir will soon be coming to a city near you.
MORE ABOUT Park Tavern in Piedmont Park
Located conveniently off of the Atlanta BeltLine, concertgoers can enjoy giveaways throughout the series and, the opportunity to mingle with on-air personalities from ALT 105.7 in Atlanta. Plus, fans can try specialty seasonal cocktails, house-brews, 1/2 off sushi from 10 p.m. to midnight, and much more. The free concert series will run through Sunday, September 30, 2018; every show is from 7 to 11 p.m. and guests must be 21+ older to attend. For more information, visit parktavern.com.
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