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 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.
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.
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