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We Were Promised Jetpacks – In The Pit Of The Stomach

Tess Askew


Adam, Michael, Sean and Darren make up We Were Promised Jetpacks, who release their new LP ‘In the pit of the stomach’ on the 3rd of October. They are a band who have been around for a number of years, making an impact on the Scottish indie scene whilst simultaneously making a whole load of influential affiliates along the way.  They released their debut album ‘These Four Walls’ in 2009 and also released an EP named ‘The last place you’ll look’ last year. The band grew organically, meeting at school and gradually gaining a large following while touring where and when they could, not just in their homeland but also embarking on a US tour with Fat Cat label-mates The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit.

‘In the pit of the stomach’ is a stomping step forward from the bands debut, recorded with their own live sound engineer Andrew Bush, with additional production and mixing duties taken on by Peter Katis, who has worked with The National and Frightened Rabbit. The band manage to flow from quiet and emotional to loud, brash and blistering all in one song and this album feels so rounded because of it, the tracks and sounds just feel completely right together. The mix of loud vocals and music and lo-fi, echoed vocals really works to bring together an album from a band who are, judging by both their recordings and live shows, highly ambitious.

First track Circles and Squares is a cracking opener; a loud, melancholic, caustic song, which is followed by Medicine, with its resounding chorus and interesting riffs is one of the obvious singles. Act On Impulse has a beautifully slow start with the percussion building and flows into an energetic, vocal track.  Other highlights include Human Error and Pear Tree, but as mentioned, this album really works as a whole.

Much of the success of this band is down to their impressive live shows which are full of emotion, belief and confidence and a nice feel that the band don’t know just how good they are yet, and ‘In the pit of the stomach’ really portrays this.