Los Angeles punk rock ‘n’ roll vigilantes The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs return with their first album in nearly 20 years, 'One More Drink,' out on Cleveland-based Dead Beat Records on March 19, 2021.
Led by original Cheetahs Frank Meyer on lead vocals/guitar, Dino Everett on bass and Mike Sessa on drums, the modern lineup is augmented by Bruce Duff on guitar and Geoff Yeaton on sax. Paying homage to their roots, the self-produced album features guest turns from Dramarama frontman John Easdale, Adolescents founding guitarist Rikk Agnew and Screamers/45 Grave keyboardist Paul Roessler. In addition to the power-poppy “We Are The Ones,” the album features catchy hook-laden numbers like “Ain’t It Summer,” “Bad Vacation,” “Let Me Out,” and the title track, alongside brand new barnburners “Switchblade Knights," “Rumblin’ Train,” “Fast, Fucked and Furious,” and more.
“It’s so perfect we are doing this album on Dead Beat Records,” says Everett. “We’ve known Dead Beat founder Tom Spencer since our early days playing Bar Deluxe and Al’s Bar. He’s still around and we’re still around, so rock ‘n’ roll is still alive and well!”
Unable to tour due to COVID restrictions, the band has turned to music videos as its main form of visual expression these days, with 2020’s “Warzone” serving as a music video advance of the album. The follow-up is the brand-new clip for “We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For)” and it’s a doozy! Directed by Cheetahs frontman Frank Meyer and longtime collaborator Scott Chernoff, the video finds the band trapped in a multi-player cavalcade of classic videogames, as recreated as puppets created by producer BJ Guyer (Crank Yankers, Team America) and animation by Jeff Crocker (CSI: NY). Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Mario, Donkey Kong, Laura Croft, Defender, Robotron and others make cameos, as do all five band members.
“Scott Chernoff is a genius comedy writer and BJ Guyer is the best puppet producer in the business, so I knew we were in good hands,” says frontman Meyer, who co-directed and edited the clip. “Our live shows are known for being in-your-face and high-octane, so we wanted this clip to go in a different direction and be light, fun and funny. The song has an ‘80s vibe so we wanted the video to capture that.”
One More Drink will be available on vinyl and CD here and all digital formats on March 19, 2021. It will be supported by more music videos, plus a webcast concert is in the works with an eye on live shows as soon as restrictions are lifted.
- Ain't It Summer
- Fast, Fucked and Furious
- Bad Vacation
- We Are The Ones (We've Been Waiting For) ft. Paul Roessler
- The Rejected ft. Rikk Agnew
- Rumblin' Train
- Let Me Out
- Scorpio Rising
- One More Drink ft. John Easdale
- Switchblade Knights ft. Paul Roessler
- Escape From New York City (CD Bonus Track)
- Fuck the Future (I Want Now) (CD Bonus Track)