As someone who feels it has been a little too quiet living on the eastern coast of Scotland, I was excited to dive into the local music scene. We Were Promised Jetpacks is first on my review list of Scottish bands, which almost seems ridiculous given the lively, local, indie scene. Having kicked off the tour for their new album In The Pit Of The Stomach last September, the Scottish lads have been performing sets around Europe, headlining a sold-out UK show, and have crossed the Atlantic to perform in the US. Adding to their impressive travels, the guys have also been part of SXSW and Coachella, before heading back to their home country for a few intimate performances.
They open their small tour in Dundee, where I find myself a seat by the side to enjoy the support acts, eagerly anticipating the main show of the night. The Doghouse is a small venue, with beautiful lighting that fits perfectly with the style of the music and the room doesn’t fill out until the late hours of the night, with a number of curious ears through to dedicated fans. Being someone who had heard little of the band, I can see why We Were Promised Jetpacks had drawn in comparisons to Mogwai. Their songs focus highly on the instrumentals, giving off an atmospheric vibe not too distant from shoegaze.
Palm Tree is melodic, almost repetitive, but the vibe of something written so simply fills the room with energy. The moment when Darren’s drums crash and Michael and Sean’s guitars slide into a heavier drive, feels reminiscent of Biffy Clyro’s early work; a noted influence on the group, alongside fellow Scots, The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit. Throughout the night We Were Promised Jetpacks play a number of tracks from their predecessor These Four Walls, accompanying their more recent album.
As described by Uncut, their newer songs most definitely feel “fiercer and denser than their debut”. The night ends with It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning, a song which attracts the voices of the crowd to sing along with vocalist Adam Thompson. The smile that stretches on his peaceful face just goes to show how much he loves what he does and he feels the energy from the crowd in return.