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The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs Unleash “Call The Dogs”

Music Video/Document of Recent Spain Tour

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The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs Unleash “Call The Dogs” 

Music Video/Document of Recent Spain Tour

SoCal punk rock ’n’ roll vets the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs just wrapped up a successful tour of Spain — the band’s first concerts in that territory in over 20 years — and documented it via a music video for the brand new song “Call The Dogs.”

“It’s a wild, fast-paced video that captures the insanity and fun of that tour,” says frontman Frank Meyer, who founded the band in 1995 with bassist Dino Everett.

Streetwalkin' Cheetahs - Call The Dogs

Photo by Sarah Remetch

The fast-paced clip was shot by bassist Meyer, Everett, and Mad Men Rock tour manager Ivan Tambac throughout the 3-week trek, capturing the band in the van, backstage, prepping for shows, bopping around local bar, cafes and record stores, and generally enjoying life on the road in Europe.

“Dino and I were shooting behind-the-scenes footage throughout the tour, and hit up a few fans we met at shows about sending us their footage as well,” says Meyer, who edited the video, which can be found on YouTube and the band’s social media accounts.

“We gathered video shot by fans on their phones from gigs at Gruta 77 in Madrid, La Guarida del Ángel in Jerez, Morticia in Ponferrada, Sala Jagger in Lugo, and TNT Blues in Cox. There’s also crazy footage of the crowd dancing their collective butts off and enjoying themselves tremendously. And, yes, the video also features dogs!”

The hard rocking’ “Call The Dogs” is the lead track on the band’s recent Heavy Medication Records EP of the same name, which also features the power-pop nugget “Long Haul,” the rocker “‘80s Baby” and the previous single “Victim of the Service Industry.” It can be purchased on 10” black vinyl or digitally from the label and band’s Bandcamp sites, or found on all streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Youtube, and Amazon.

Simultaneous to the release of the Call The Dogs 10” EP, the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs also issued the Crazy Operator 7” single on Madrid-based Ghost Highway Recordings to coincide with the tour. In addition to the raucous title-track, the single features sleaze rock ditty “Wake Up,” a cover of Pete Shelley’s “Homosapien” and vintage Cheetahs track “Let’s Dance.”

The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs feature a who’s-who of rock ‘n’ roll cult heroes. The band is fronted by acclaimed vocalist/guitarist/filmmaker Frank Meyer, who also fronts sleaze-rock supergroup Trading Aces, sings with Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Famer James Williamson of Iggy and the Stooges, and recorded a recent album with Eddie Spaghetti. Original members Dino Everett (on bass) is known for his stints with Walter Lure, Kevin K, and his band Legendary Swagger with Cheetahs sax player Geoff Yeaton, while drummer Mike Sessa is best known for his time with The Joneses, Rosie Flores, and Cracker. The band is rounded out by vet Bruce Duff on guitar, known for his work with The Magnificent, Jeff Dahl, Jesters of Destiny, 45 Grave, and ADZ.

The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs formed in 1995 Los Angeles as a for-kicks cover band, swiping their name from the opening line of Iggy and the Stooges classic “Search & Destroy.” Discovered by late, great indie power pop impresario Greg Shaw of Bomb! Records, the band issued their Bomp!/Alive debut album Heart Full of Napalm on Alive in 1996, returning a year later with Overdrive. Later in 1997, the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs also backed guitarist Deniz Tek on Radio Birdman hits “Do the Pop” and “More Fun.” The next year they repeated the trick, this time collaborating with singer Cherie Currie on a re-recording of her Runaways classic “Cherry Bomb.” Live on KXLU followed in 1999 and received rave press in Rolling Stone, Spin and Alternative Press, plus shared stages with The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Turbonegro, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone and more. The album was heralded by Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Kerrang, Guitar World, and Flipside. Tours backing up MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, and New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain followed. 2001’s album Waiting for the Death of My Generation won Best Punk Album in 2002’s New Times Readers Poll and was supported by touring with the likes of Bellrays, Supersuckers, Zeke, New Bomb Turks, Amazing Crows, Fear, Dickies, and DOA. A reissue of Overdrive (Maximum Overdrive and filled with bonus tracks) was followed by rarities collections Red Tape Diaries and Guitars, Guns and Gold, and live album Resurrection in 2006. After a hiatus, the band returned in 2014 with the “Escape From New York City” 7″ vinyl single and a west coast tour with Cheetah Chrome.

In 2021, the Cheetahs released their first album in nearly two decades, One More Drink, on Dead Beat Records. The album features 11 brand new songs and guest spots from John Easedale of Dramarama, Rikk Agnew of The Adolescents and Paul Roessler of The Screamers. In early 2023, the album was re-released on CD as the Deluxe Edition by Rum Bar Records with a bonus track. The previous year, Rum Bar Records also released the double-CD collection All The Covers (And More), which features guest stars Wayne Kramer, Cherie Currie, Jimmy Zero, Deniz Tek, Sylvain Sylvain, and many more.

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