THE STRAY CATS have unveiled the first single from their new album, their first in 26 years!
'Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)' is taken from the succinctly-titled 40, celebrating the Long Island rockabillies' 40th Anniversary. Check it out here.
The band recorded the album at Blackbird Studio, Nashville at the end of last year with producer Peter Collins. Check out this studio clip featuring band and producer talking about the album...
"You have to understand how unique The Stray Cats are," explains Brian Setzer. "It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass. I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies. Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea. And you know what? A lot of people agree!"
“This new album really feels like the first record we did, it’s really natural and comfortable," adds Lee. "For the recording, we went live - like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way. We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”
“We’re very, very focused when we get into the studio," continues Slim Jim. "It didn’t feel like a long time had passed since we had done this, it felt very natural and familiar. We were all in a row with everyone watching each other, so it felt like a gig in the set-up. We really embraced that a little bit for the album, it’s like an old way of making records. The modern is meeting the vintage, which has always been our inspiration.”
Featuring 12 all-new original songs, 40 is set for release on 24 May on Surfdog Records via Mascot Label Group Distribution. It will be available as a limited boxed edition CD, with two bonus tracks, a set of coasters plus postcards and stickers, as well as a limited editon siver vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album here and get 'Cat Fight...' as an instant free download.
As previously announced, the Cats play the following European dates...
Fri 21 June Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain
Sun 23 June 02 Academy, Birmingham
Tues 25 June 02 Apollo, Manchester
Wed 26 June Eventim Apollo, London
Thur 27 June Eventim Apollo, London
Sat 29 June Retro C Trop, Tilloloy, France
Mon 1 July AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wed 3 July Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
Thur 4 July Palladium, Cologne, Germany
Sat 6 July American Tours Festival, Tours, France
Sun 7 July Les Eurockeennes, Belfort, France
Tues 9 July Killesberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Thur 11 July Zenith, Munich, Germany
Fri 12 July X-Tra, Zürich, Switzerland
Sat 13 July Musilac Festival, Aix-Les-Bains, France
Thur 18 July Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland
Sat 20 July Summer Jamboree, Falun, Sweden
Getcha tickets here!
Pic by Russ Harrington