WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
In 2009 Adam Thompson (Vocals / Guitar), Darren Lackie (Drums), Sean Smith (bass) and Michael Palmer (Guitar) were a band of nineteen year old University Students, bunked up together in a tenement flat in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. On signing to Fat Cat Records later the same year, the band could not have anticipated the journey they were about to embark on. Now, five years later, We Were Promised Jetpacks are ready to release their third studio album entitled ‘UNRAVELLING’.
We Were Promised Jetpacks début album These Four Walls (2009) was released to critical acclaim. Thus began the bands busy touring schedule, playing high profile festival slots around the UK and USA supporting label mates Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad.
The extensive touring schedule continued and the release received support and high praise from the likes of
Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine. The band also continued to build on their high profile live performances with sets at Coachella, Fashions Big Night Out at New York’s Rockerfeller Centre and on the televised Last Call with Carson Daly.
Lead vocalist Adam Thompson says;
“It was a fairly straightforward decision to work with Paul. He has done plenty of brilliant work and we had worked with him for a few days before recording our first album and always remembered enjoying recording with him. I’m really chuffed with that decision. I think Paul has done a great job and its the first time we’ve ever been present to mix the album with the same person who has recorded it, which has been an enjoyable and much more relaxing experience for us since about April 2004 so having someone new with us has been an enjoyable part of the process.”
The impending album release also sees the addition of a new member to the band in the form of multi instrumentalist Stuart McGachan. Thompson’s explains “Stuart is an accomplished keys, piano and guitar player as well as having a lovely little singing voice and with him we have tried to do something a little different with this selection of songs. We’ve known him for ages and played music with him before so we were pretty sure it would work out. It has just been the 4 of us since about April 2004 so having someone new with us has been an enjoyable part of the process.”
UNRAVELLING exhibits the sonic mastery and song writing craft We Were Promised Jetpacks has developed through years of touring and recording while preserving the innocence and essence of the band who grew out of that flat in Glasgow. There is an unambiguous directness to Thompson’s lyrics, evident in impending tracks ‘Safety in Numbers’, ‘Keep it Composed’, ‘Peaks and Troughs’ and ‘Night Terror that conjurer the notion of an conflicted protagonist struggling to keep his life on course while battling a creeping sense of uncertainty and impending doom.
UNRAVELLING is released on Fat Cat Records on September 5th 2014 in Republic of Ireland ahead of their Dublin headline show 14th September live at Whelans, Venue – Wexford Street
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags upstairs from 11pm til late, Free Entry.