We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Tut’s 15-06-09

June 19, 2009

King Tut’s, Glasgow, June 15 * * *

With a little help from now label-mates Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks signed to FatCat Records back in October. Eight months on, the quartet celebrated the launch of These Four Walls by playing their debut album from start to finish to a packed Tut’s.
However one potential drawback to this rigid live approach is peaking too soon and sadly that’s exactly what happened tonight. Although a somewhat protracted and repetitive opener, by the time It’s Thunder And It’s Lightning reached its frenetic conclusion the partisan crowd was hungry for more.
And they got it with call-to-arms anthem Ships With Holes Will Sink which continued to galvanise the WWPJP faithful and easily got the crowd dancing, as did Roll Up Your Sleeves while the lilting, ethereal ebb and flow of A Conductor saw the band at their most compelling.
But from then on in it was a distinctly patchy and somewhat pedestrian affair. This Is My House, This Is My Home was one of a few songs that plodded along uneventfully while recent single Quiet Little Voices, although vociferously received by the crowd, felt jaded.
Like the Jetpacks they were promised, it was a set which started with sporadic explosive bursts before fizzling out, shrouded in smoke.


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