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Stray Cats Premiere New Song, "Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)”

Stray Cats 2019: (from left) Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom (Image credit: Ross Harrington)

Rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats have premiered a new song, and you can hear it below. The tune — "Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)" — is the band's first new studio track since 2004's "Mystery Train Kept A Rollin'." It's also the world's first taste of 40, the band's first album of new material in 26 years.

The album title celebrates the band's 40th anniversary, a milestone they're also celebrating with a summer tour in the U.S. and Europe. You can check out all the dates right here

"You have to understand how unique the Stray Cats are," says frontman-guitarist Brian Setzer. "It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim Phantom 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!"

For more about the band and 40, be sure to watch the official "in the studio" clip at the bottom of this story. For more information, visit straycats.com.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.