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Alternative and Indie

We Were Promised Jetpacks

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Tuneful post-punk from Glasgow-based trio

We Were Promised Jetpacks got their career off to a solid start, winning a battle of the bands with their very first gig. Assembled at high school in Edinburgh, Adam Thompson (vocals, guitar), Michael Palmer (guitar), Sean Smith (bass) and Darren Lackie (drums) decamped to Glasgow after graduation and found a place among similarly anthemic and ambitious indie bands like Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad.

Their first demo gained the band both traction and airplay in the UK and US and a home on Fat Cat Records, whose roster also included the aforementioned Glaswegian peers. Two singles in early 2009 preceded their debut album, These Four Walls, released in July of that year. The album showcased the band’s knack for blending melodic indie with the raw urgency of post punk. 

Following an EP of alternate version and unreleased tracks, the band returned with a second album in 2011, the much harder-edged In The Pit Of The Stomach. Reviews praised the band’s ability to offer a tuneful and more streamlined take on the post punk and post rock of other Scottish acts, such as Mogwai and The Twilight Sad. A live album followed, documenting the band’s renowned live shows.

Positive reviews continued to roll in for their third album, the emotionally fraught and tense Unravelling. The band wrote, recorded and scrapped an entire album before finally returning in 2018 with a more textured sound on The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream, recorded in the US with producer Jonathan Low (The War On Drugs, The National, Frightened Rabbit).

In 2019, Michael Palmer announced he was leaving the band, who resolved to continue on as a three-piece. In September 2020, We Were Promised Jetpacks announced a UK tour for spring 2021 with a new album due around the same time.