We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
- David Pollock
- 25 June 2009
Brighton’s FatCat have cultivated a little stable of Scottish bands who share the same traits; songs with a pop structure that’s well disguised under a morass of loud guitars, unashamed earnestness in their delivery and proudly, thickly accented vocals. Joining The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit on that roster are Glasgow’s We Were Promised Jetpacks.
The quartet has come up with a particularly strong debut album. Singer Adam Thompson strikes a note of sullen seriousness in his vocal, while the songs are powerfully propelled by frantic guitars and a pounding rhythm section. At their best – on songs like ‘Quiet Little Voices’, ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’, ‘Short Bursts’ – they suggest Pixies or early Simple Minds.