Bands to Watch #128: We Were Promised Jetpacks

By on Thursday, 27th August 2009 at 12:00 pm

We Were Promised Jetpacks is an indie rock band originally from Edinburgh but who now called Glasgow home. They were discovered by Brighton’s Fat Cat Records by simply being on the MySpace friends list of Frightened Rabbit – apparently the label had a listen of some of FR’s friends and the rest, as they say, is history. (And I thought I was the only one who trawled MySpace doing this!)

My knowledge of Scottish bands is spotty at best, so do forgive me if you disagree with my assessment that We Were Promised Jetpacks sound like early Franz Ferdinand records like ‘Take Me Out’ – back when skinny Alex Kapranos was still shouting out of the side of his mouth and jumping all over the place.

My ears have been occupied for almost a year with all the new electro upstarts who make music specially designed for the dance floor, so it’s nice to hear some jangly guitars with thoughtful lyrics. I haven’t felt this way since I first heard Dirty Pretty Things (RIP) in the summer of 2006 (fearless rock ‘n’ roll isn’t usually my bag), so that’s saying something. It’s raw, unbridled rock. Remember when Damon Albarn of Blur in ‘Song 2’ shouted, “I got my head checked / by a jumbo jet“? Yeah, it feels something like that. But in a good, satisfying way, like when your gran thwaps you good-naturely in the back of the head for saying something stupid.

In advance of the release of their debut album, ‘These Four Walls’, in late June, We Were Promised Jetpacks had already released two cool videos on Fat Cat Records’ YouTube channel, including the one for ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ that you can watch below. I think it’s fab. I hear a lot of promise in them.


We Were Promised Jetpacks will be touring America with the Twilight Sad and Brakes before returning for a month-long tour of the UK.

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