Cookie play sexy muscle-car rock and sleazy
C&W with a glittery flash of metal. There like some
kind of girl-powered roots-rock gone evil; a classic
power trio consisting of mariachi guitar god, JayMe
LayMe, cycle stud drummer/pyrotechnic genius, Tommy
Sparks and their showy front-fox/bassist, Sabrina RockArena.
In fact, if Joey Ramone and Patsy Cline had an illegitimate
love child, Cookies fiery front woman would be it.
Like a rock n' roll super heroine with enough attitude
to bring even the most chauvinistic rock guy to his
knees, her whiskey drenched, chain-smoking rasp - part
heartbreak, part speed trap, all rock and roll is the
fuel that drives this machine.
Conceived in California's South Bay Area circa 1995,
Cookie immediately took to the road with a vengeance.
Eight tours, three years and two vans later, RockArena
and LayMe found themselves stationed in Seattle, bolstering
their street cred with the addition of cycle stud Sparks
on drums. In addition to his hard-hitting drum style,
the appropriately named Sparks brings a genius for homemade
pyrotechnics to the band's arsenal. There's no arguing
with the fact that Cookie literally boasts one of the
most explosive live shows around.
The band unleashed its first album, All Hell Can't Stop
Us, in late 1999. Recorded with Conrad Uno (Mudhoney,
Zeke, Supersuckers, The Presidents of the United States
of America,) it quickly generated a buzz, gaining airplay
on top Seattle stations KISW, KNDD and KEXP. It also
created quite a stir at local, regional and national
press - including a recent story in Billboard by Senior
Editor Larry Flick, mentions in two consecutive issues
of Rolling Stone, and features in Ms. Magazine, Hit
List, Wahine and NY Waste. One track, "Wild Ride", was
even licensed for a Sega Dreamcast game, appearing alongside
Queens of the Stone Age.
Since then, Cookie has been amazing audiences across
the country with one of the most confident and exciting
on-stage performances around, landing enviable slots
on the Van's WARPED Tour, NXNW, National Academy of
Recording Arts & Science's GRAMMY In The Streets, ROCKRGRL
Music Conference, Pain In The Grass, and a slew of successful
The band also caught the eye of Missy Broom, head designer
for Paul Frank Industries, inspiring her to create a
red plaid "Sabrina RockArena" handbag which is now available
in retail stores worldwide.
Which leads us to the here and now, specifically the
release of Cookie's second and latest studio effort,
Sweat-Soaked & Satisfied, on Infect Records. It's also
the band's second opportunity to work with legendary
multi-platinum producer, Conrad Uno. "We made All Hell
Can't Stop Us with Conrad", says LayMe, "and it was
such a success that we just really wanted to work with
Picking up where the first album left off, Sweat-Soaked
& Satisfied is a firecracker of an album. The band tears
through 11 soon-to-be classic anthems, from the sing-along
ode to the time-honored cure for the blues, "Double
Shot" to the furious "Half Way Across the USA" to the
vintage-sounding bittersweet crackle of "Cold".
Not content to rest on their laurels, the band is already
gearing up for tours of the U.S. and Europe. In fact,
Cookie's hard work has put them in the position of being
a band whose punk rock spirit may carry them over to