The STRAY CATS will release 40–their first new album in 26 years–this Friday, May 24 on the heels of three singles they’ve recently issued from the album: “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off” and “Cry Danger,” the latter of which was premiered this past Friday at Guitar World.
Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom(drums, vocals)–original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio–are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019 with 40 and a tour that’s hitting the U.S. and Europe (*see tour dates below). The album is being released by Surfdog Records and distributed by BMG (CD, vinyl, digital), with an exclusive indie-store edition of the album–colored vinyl, with a double-sided 24×12 poster–arriving on May 24. “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off” and “Cry Danger” are available now as instant grat tracks with a pre-order of the album.
The all revved up and red-hot STRAY CATS recorded 40 at Blackbird Studios in Nashville in late 2018 following their first North American shows in 10 years, with four concerts including sold-out headlining shows in Las Vegas and the PacificAmphitheatre in CostaMesa, CA before wildly enthusiastic audiences. Still buzzing from the thrill of playing together again and the crowd response, they went into the studio with producer Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, The Brian Setzer Orchestra) and engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Arctic Monkeys). There are a dozen original songs that comprise the album. Read the first press release about the album here, which includes quotes from the band and the track listing. Watch the band and album producer Peter Collins in the studio discussing the making of the album here.