We Were Promised Jetpacks on tour in the U.S.

10 Feb

Raw emotion in music is sometimes faked through vocal yelps meant to emphasize the anger and emotion of the vocalist (think screamo and the fringes of bad pop punk music). So, when you find a band walking the same cliches in order to trigger a response to the song, you have to hesitate (if you don’t immediately cringe). You see, We Were Promised Jetpacks is loud, full of pop/punk cues, and ambiguously emo with their lyrics. They’re the ones who don’t pull out any stops in letting us know that they’re emotional; but by God, they’re bloody Scottish, so it works.

These Four Walls is a sonic whirlwind of driving beats and towering stadium rock choruses wrapped haphazardly around the voice of Adam Thompson. Yes, they sound quite a bit like Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad, there’s no doubt about it, they’re all signed to the same label. And really, the best way of describing it is to take the music of Twilight Sad, the passion of Frightened Rabbit, add sour mix, shake, and serve chilled. Voila!

Anyway, this band is apparently fantastic live. The tour is short with only two months of dates lined up so grab your tickets now. I’m hoping the response is large enough to warrant a return later this year, but we’ll see. I’m planning on seeing them at the Rock & Roll hotel in D.C. as well as the Troubador in L.A. so if you’re around, come challenge me to a thumb wrestling match. I’ll be the one in the cape and Bob Evans t-shirt. Just kidding. But seriously.

“Quiet Little Voices”

“Moving Clocks Run Slow”

“It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning”

11 Feb – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
12 Feb – First Unitarian, Philadelphia PA

13 Feb – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*

14 Feb – The Middle East, Cambridge MA
17 Feb – Casbah at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte NC
18 Feb – The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
19 Feb – The End, Nashville TN
20 Feb – Maxine’s Pub, Hot Springs AR
21 Feb – Hailey’s, Denton TX
23 Feb – Rhythm Room, Phoenix AZ
24 Feb – The Loft at UCSD, La Jolla CA

26 Feb – Troubador, Los Angeles CA*

27 Feb – Slim’s, San Francisco CA
1 Mar – Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
2 Mar – Neumo’s, Seattle WA
3 Mar – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
5 Mar – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
6 Mar – Hi Dive, Denver CO
7 Mar – Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence KS
8 Mar – The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
9 Mar – Varsity Theater, Minneapolis MN
11 Mar – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
12 Mar – Grog Shop, Cleveland OH
13 Mar – The Summit, Columbus OH
15 Mar – The Old Rock House, St. Louis MO

*I’m totes mcgoats gonna be there

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