Author: Peter Lawrence-Wehrle
Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks are coming to the Majestic on the 27th for a show that promises to be filled angsty yet danceable tracks. Songs like “Roll Up Your Sleeves” and “Quiet Little Voices” from 2009’s These Four Walls can’t decide if they are screaming for help or itching for a fight.
Heavily influenced by label-mates, Frightened Rabbit, and the Twilight Sad, lead singer Adam John Thompson’s lyrics create an intimate atmosphere amid the crunching guitars. As he closes his eyes on stage you can see him retreating into himself only to come forward with another therapeutic insight.
The new album, The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream – released on Big Scary Monsters Records and produced by Jonathan Low (The National, Sufjan Stevens, Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs), aims to rekindle the youthful energy of previous albums. Lead tracks Hanging In and Repeating Patterns capturing a sense of wistfulness as the band members turn 30 and enter a new chapter of their lives.
Opening act Jenn Champion is an interesting choice. Blending indie rock politics with bubble-gum sensibilities, her music is reminiscent of “Why Can’t I” – era Liz Phair lyrics mashed up with riot girl energy. The point and counterpoint between the opening act and headliner assures that the show will have something for everyone.