We Were Promised Jetpacks set for new album and UK tour

We Were Promised Jetpacks set for new album and UK tour

Edinburgh quartet recorded new album in Sigur Rós' Reykjavik studio

‘It sounded like a bad demo,’ grumbles We Were Promised Jetpacks singer and guitarist Adam Thompson of his band’s 2009 debut album, These Four Walls. The 40,000 people worldwide that bought a copy would presumably disagree, but they’ll be cheered to hear that its follow-up In The Pit of The Stomach – a meatier, more authoritative realisation of their heart-on-sleeve brand of charging indie-rock – marks a big step on for the Edinburgh quartet. Even Thompson approves, characterising it as: ‘ten tracks, no frills, no bullshit.’

Where their first album was hastily recorded live, this one was multi-tracked meticulously at a studio near Reykjavik owned by Sigur Rós – formerly of WWPJ’s label FatCat. ‘We got a cheap rate because they’ve got a good relationship with the Sigur Rós guys,’ explains Thompson. ‘It was a really small, quiet place and we were just in the studio for 12 hours a day. We started to lose our minds a wee bit but we got there in the end.’

WWPJ were signed thanks to friends and former stablemates Frightened Rabbit, who have since departed for major label Atlantic – a move that was ‘disappointing’ for FatCat but right for the band, according to Thompson: ‘I think they’ve never really hidden their intentions to progress and become bigger,’ he says. Judging by their anthemic songs and breathless live shows, WWPJ hardly lack ambition themselves – do they hope to follow a similar path? ‘If a nice big label comes up saying the right things then yes, but we’re not looking. I take every little thing one thing at a time, and the next one’s the album.’

Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Thu 6 Oct 2011

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We Were Promised Jetpacks

Breakneck alt.rock with strident, jangling guitars from WWPJ.

The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Nov

£16.50 / 0131 629 0809

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Sun 18 Nov

£14.30 / 0113 275 2411

Bush Hall, London W12

Wed 21 Nov

Sold out / 020 8222 6955

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Stirling's annual festival over two days and three stages. Full line-up tba, but Saturday night sees We Were Promised Jetpacks headlining the main stage. Suitable for ages 14+.

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