Infinite Shuffle

May 30, 2010

29 – We Were Promised Jetpacks

Filed under: Scotland, W — assman41 @ 12:01 am

This review mostly came about because I recently had one the band’s songs stuck in my head for most of a day, even though I hadn’t heard it in several weeks or even months.

That’s the sign of a great song, and, clearly, “Quiet Little Voices” — the seventh track and first single off of We Were Promised Jetpacks‘ debut album, These Four Walls — is a great song.

I first heard about We Were Promised Jetpacks through NPR’s Song of the Day, when they featured the aforementioned single about a year ago.

I immediately fell in love with the song but couldn’t find anything to download initially. So they were pushed to the backburner until my friend, Scott, started praising them and suggested we see them in concert.

We saw them at the Empty Bottle in Chicago in mid-October along with fellow Scottish bands Brakesbrakesbrakes and The Twilight Sad and even hung out with them a little after the show. They seemed like a great bunch of guys, and I hope to see them again when they swing through the Windy City in a couple months.

As for their music, they sound like a mix between The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, all of whom are on the same label, FatCat Records.

Some other good songs off their debut include “Moving Clocks Run Slow”, “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning”, “Ships With Holes Will Sink” and “Short Bursts”.

Earlier this year, they released a five-track EP, The Last Place You’ll Look, which includes two songs from their debut album.

The band just announced some dates for another North American tour. Do yourself a favor and check them out in person.

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Moving Clocks Run Slow



  1. […] know, I’m not really feeling Glasvegas. And as much as I wanted to love them because of the name, We Were Promised Jetpacks just seemed like a lesser version of Frightened. Not bad, but nothing new, nothing different, […]

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  2. […] Scottish band took a different tact. I’ve seen the group, We Were Promised Jetpacks, thrice now. At the first show, they left the stage and fans assumed they’d be back shortly. […]

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