We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Cabaret Voltaire 22-02-09

February 27, 2009

Cabaret Voltaire, Glasgow, February 22 * * * *

We Were Promised Jetpacks are the latest Scottish band to sign with Fat Cat Records. Joining fellow Scots The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit on the label’s roster, the Glasgow-based quartet owe a great deal to their Rabbit friends, without whom they’d probably still be unsigned.
Tonight they may have been second on the bill to The Spinto Band but there’s no doubt the Jetpacks were the main attraction at the Cabaret Voltaire such was the scramble to find a spot from which to view the stage.
Like their label mates, WWPJ’s music resonates with honesty and passion, a fact not lost on a packed crowd only too happy to treat the four-piece like conquering heroes – no mean achievement given they’ve yet to release their debut album.
Creative arrangements and a telling knack for conjuring up strong melodies capable of catching listeners unawares stood the four-piece in good stead throughout with songs like opener Keeping Warm, Moving Clocks Run Slow and Ships With Holes Will Sink showing a real depth in songwriting.
A straightforward no thrills approach, and music which obviously comes from the heart, meant they easily won over the crowd and should ensure their next appearance in the capital is upgraded to a bigger venue.


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