SINGLE REVIEW: The Continental Quilts – C’mon (Get Back To) Gettin’ It On/Motor Sicko Fever (Folc Records)

The Continental Quilts are a four-piece punk rock ‘n’ roll band from Gateshead, and this is their debut 7in single, released on Madrid-based Spanish label Folc Records.

Consisting of Stephanie Pelmet (vocals), Bri Nylon (guitar), Johnny Valence (bass) and Dick Duvet (drums), the band have a combined age of over 200 and a combined IQ in the 90s, and call themselves ‘the kings ‘n’ queen of senile delinquent super-yob punk rock ‘n’ roll’.

As Bri Nylon says: “If some numpty says ‘all the songs sound like bits of other bands’ songs’ the Quilts don’t have a crisis meeting.

“There’s not an original punk/rock ‘n’ roll idea left to be had, and we’re not  wasting our time looking for one.

“We’re cherry picking what we love from rock ‘n’ roll/glam/pub rock/punk/garage rock and just having a ball.”

And they’ve done a very good job of that on this slice of super-yob rock ‘n’ roll, taking bits of all the influences they mentioned, and mixing them in one big melting pot, with most enjoyable results.

The Continental Quilts playing at Trillians in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

The A-side, C’mon (Get Back To) Getting It On, is a call to arms to go out and enjoy live music, instead of sitting in front of the TV, computer screen/whatever.

On the flip side we have Motor Sicko Fever, an ode to the joys of swapping a boring old car for the joys of two wheels, as Steph sings: “If you wanna make me purr, if you wanna make me squeal/Keep your hands off a steerin’ wheel.”

There’s more than a touch of Blondie in Steph’s vocals, some great rock ‘n’ roll guitar licks from Bri, and a tight rhythm section which holds the whole thing together.

Steph of The Continental Qullts at Trillians in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

As a first single it’s a belter, and if you’ve seen them live you’ll know there’s plenty more where these two tracks came from.

Each one of the 250 copies of The Continental Quilts’ single is different. They’re all hand screen printed on different paper using different ink colours.

Don’t believe me? have a listen for yourself on their bandcamp page HERE, or, better still, get along to one of their forthcoming gigs:

Sun 19 Jan, with Giuda @ The Hairy Dog, Derby

Wed 22 Jan, with Giuda + Powderkeg + The No-Things @ Bannerman’s, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Jan, with The Bellrays + Los Pepes @ The Cluny, Newcastle

Sun 15 March, @ Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

Gary Welford owner