LIVE REVIEW: The BellRays, Los Pepes, The Continental Quilts @ The Cluny, Newcastle (23.01.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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On a night of deliberately intense performances, it’s North Easterner’s The Continental Quilts who open the evening with a bang, blasting through 12 songs in 35 minutes in a set shining with melody filled garage rock. The Hives-esque stomper C’mon (Get Back) stands out for its guitar pop power sound, whilst Super Yob provides an opportunity for the band to rejoice in Who rock shapes and posturing.

Setting a high bar they’re followed by Los Pepes who cut the pop back slightly and provide an intensity direct from the 1978 stylings of various remnants of punk including the frankness of The Ramones and The Clash, with moments of melodic punk circa The Undertones. Moving through various styles of punk/garage rock, it’s their closer Action which amalgamates all styles together and is performed as it were their last song ever; they’re a headline act themselves.

If The BellRays are nervous about maintaining the evening’s level of the performance then you certainly wouldn’t guess it as they take over the evening from the word go with their blend of punk, funk, rock and soul. On sensational form tonight the band blister from the start; highlights I Can’t Hide and Every Chance I Get standing out for somehow joining gospel with blues with punk.

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