The Continentals release something special with new single ‘Without You’

“We're on a mission to bring good guitar music back into the mainstream.”
17 August 2022

By Frank Bell

We spoke to Belfast-based rock band The Continentals‘ lead guitarist, Patrik Palko, about their latest single ‘Without You’. The rock, indie, britpop and post-punk influences are evident throughout the track. But the end release is definitely something special.

The Continentals – Nathan Donaghy (vocals), Patrik Palko (lead guitar), Ethan Layhe (rhythm guitar), James Dawson (bass), James Bothwell (drums) – they met up in May of 2021 and started working on their first demos soon after.

‘Without You’ was recorded by sound engineer Graham Davidson, who is a renowned sound engineer at Half Bap studios in Belfast and has a strong reputation as Robert Plant’s live sound technician.

Influenced by artists such as Oasis, The Beatles, Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, The Who, The Jam, the band has a clear British rock sound and they proclaim: “We’re on a mission to bring good guitar music back into the mainstream.”

If you had to describe your sound in three words what would they be?

Loud, Melodic, Anthems

How much does Belfast influence the music you create?

Belfast influences me the same way cities like Liverpool or Manchester influence other artists. It’s a small city which I dream of getting out off and being in the biggest band in the world. If I was in Hartlepool Id have the same dreams.

Where do you think your music and in particular ‘Without You’ fits in today’s world?

I think our music has the potential to have a change in youth culture. Without You isn’t the best example but with songs like make it last (first single)where the chorus says ‘we’re the kids with dreams that last’ and other unreleased songs with inclusive choruses. When we get heard there will be a change in how guitar music is viewed today.

If you were stranded on a desert island which three albums would you choose to wash up on the shore?

Definitely Maybe-Oasis. Please Please me- The Beatles. Dogrel- Fontaines DC

What are your plans for the rest of this year?

We are playing Shiiine On Festival in England in November so if we were able to get some more gigs over in England we would be ecstatic. Start Preparing for an EP release at the start of 2023.

Dream line up. If you could tour with any musicians, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Rory Gallagher, just to be able to watch him play night after night would be mind-blowing. Queen- Just to see Freddie Mercury in his prime would be mad. The pogues- have some Irish craic and get pissed with Shane MacGowan every night.

The Continentals are playing the Shiiine On Festival in November 2022 and plan to tour the north of England in February 2023.