The Cocktail Slippers, the raucous five-piece all-woman rock outfit from Oslo, Norway, has released a new single, “I’ll Be Here For You,” a moving track written for the band’s daughters.
The Cocktail Slippers are Lead Vocalist Hope; Guitarists Vega and Rocket Queen; Bassist Sugar; and Drummer Miss A-OK.
The track appears on the upcoming LP, Shout It Out Loud, the band’s fifth full-length album, and first in seven years. The album, which was produced by the band and co-produced by Stevie Van Zandt and Mike Hartung, will be released on Sept. 17, 2021 via Wicked Cool Records.
The band calls the new single, “An ode to our daughters. It’s about growing up, growing older and passing on generations. The vocal was recorded only a few weeks before Hope’s daughter Fay entered the world!”
A 10-song trip through the world of this fiery female troop who wear both their passions and their musical influences on their sleeves, “Shout It Out Loud” boldly demonstrates that the best way to express one’s self is at the top of your lungs, and trumpets the band’s mission to prove just how intensely they mean what they say.
Despite the long time between albums, the band has kept busy with live shows, writing new songs all the while. The four satellite radio hits they’ve released as singles in the past few years – “Excuse Me” (co-written with popular Norwegian artist Ida Maria), “Night Train,” “Like A Song Stuck In My Head” and “City On Fire” – all appear on an album for the first time here. “She Devil (Shout It Out Loud),” which lends part of its title to the album itself, got the group’s 2021 started with a bang when the song was featured as “Coolest Song In The World” on Little Steven’s Underground Garage. The track features a satirically sexist, tongue-in-cheek spoken word cameo from The Mighty Manfred, frontman of longtime Wicked Cool labelmates The Woggles.
While staying true to the fast-paced Garage Rock sound that has cemented their reputation, the band is confident this new album marks a step forward in their songwriting.
“We write all the time, and we can write about anything!” explained Rocket Queen. “But we’ve learned that writing is often about re-writing.”
The album’s tenth and final track is its only cover, an update of the late-’60s Joe South classic “Hush,” originally made famous by Deep Purple.
“We’ve been doing it live for awhile and this was supposed to be a B-side,” said Hope. “Stevie heard it and said, ‘This is too good for a B-side, it needs to be on the album.’”
After catching the ear of Van Zandt in the 2000s – interestingly, years before the actor, artist and impresario would go on to star in the Netflix original TV series Lilyhammer, about an American gangster in Norway – the group came to New York at his invitation and delivered a scorching set at the Underground Garage Festival with Iggy & The Stooges, The Strokes and Bo Diddley.
The band has enjoyed other brushes with greatness along the way, like a London Calling set on a bill with Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, as well as time spent with idols like Jimmy Page, Joan Jett and Blondie.
When live performances return on a mass scale, the Slippers will support the release with touring in the U.S., U.K., Spain and Scandinavia. Norway shows are slated to begin this August.
The Cocktail Slippers’ playful spirit is always on display in their music videos, including the recently released clip for “She Devil (Shout It Out Loud)” which captures them strutting around the streets of Oslo, and not quietly.
When all is said and done, the five Slippers are a tight-knit gang of friends.
“When we’re not hanging out as a band, we’re hanging out as friends, with and without our families,” Sugar shared. “Hope loves both cross-country and downhill skiing and is a mean captain on her own boat.”
“Rocket finds great joy in renovating houses,” Vega added.
“Sugar is a great photographer,” Miss A-OK continued. “Vega makes and edits movies. A few of us are more than a little geeky about cooking. Miss A-OK even grows her own vegetables on her balcony.”
The group is thankful for Van Zandt’s continued commitment to their music.
“Mister Silvio Dante, a.k.a. Stevie Van Zandt, gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse,” Rocket Queen said jokingly of how they joined the Wicked Cool fold years ago.
Shout It Out Loud is the latest Wicked Cool release distributed by The Orchard, another gem from the label which also boasts Jesse Malin, The Dollyrots, WYLDLIFE, Steve Conte, The Woggles, Soraia, Marc Ribler, Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems, Jessie Wagner, Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts and The Empty Hearts on its expanding roster.