The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs

The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs formed in 1995 Los Angeles as a just-for-kicks cover band, swiping their name from the opening line of Iggy and the Stooges classic “Search & Destroy” and never looking back. Their first gigs consisted of revved up covers of the Runaways, MC5, Stooges, New York Dolls and the Dead Boys, before they eventually graduated to writing their own songs and found their own sound… that sounded suspiciously like the Runaways, MC5, Stooges, New York Dolls and the Dead Boys. Go figure.

Yes, hard rockin’ trashy garage rock laced with hook-laden power pop is the band’s bread and butter and — after taking a decade long hiatus — the band is back and more ferocious than ever. Still powered by founding members Frank Meyer (vocals, guitar), Dino Everett (bass), Mike Sessa (drums) plus new guitarist Bruce Duff (Jesters of Destiny, 45 Grave, Jeff Dahl) and sax player Geoff Yeaton, the Cheetahs have been touring non-stop since reuniting in 2014, performing alongside acts such as Supersuckers, Hank Von Hell, Death Valley Girls, Junkyard, The Dogs, and Shrine. 

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 Denis Tek on new renditions of his Radio Birdman-era classics “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 perennial “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 (4 stars!), Alternative Press, Kerrang, Guitar World, Thrasher, Flipside and the guys collected hometown accolades in the form of Best Hard Rock/Punk/Metal Band in the New Times Reader’s Poll and Best Punk band in LA Weekly. That year the Cheetahs joined ex-MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain on several tours as both their backing band and the support act… which made the guys very, very happy.

Fan-favorite Waiting for the Death of My Generation followed in 2001 — winning Best Hard Rock/Punk/Metal Album in 2002’s New Times Reader’s Poll — followed by massive touring with the likes of Supersuckers, Zeke, New Bomb Turks, Amazing Crows, Fear, The Dickies, DOA, and more. A reissue of Overdrive (now titled 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 the aforementioned extended hiatus, the band returned in 2014 with a 7″ vinyl single (“Escape From New York City” B/W “Fuck The Future (I Want Now)”) on Little T&A Records/Big Cartel with a west coast tour with Chetah Chrome (Dead Boys) to promote it. 

On March 19, 2021, the Cheetahs issue their first album in nearly 20 years, 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. Due to COVID, in leu of touring the band has been making music videos for “Warzone,” “We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For),” with clips for the title track and “Ain’t It Summer” to follow later this year. This too made the guys very, very happy.