We Were Promised Jetpacks - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, Sat 24 Nov 2012
A concentrated, confident performance from the Edinburgh indie-rockers
As Scottish bands go, the Edinburgh indie-rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks receive continual and considered hype, seeding an expectation of great things from their rescheduled hometown show. Support from mighty post-rock aficionados The Unwinding Hours set the bar high with their crashing and deeply consuming soundscapes, topped off with an exalted salute, enough to entrance the stowed-out Liquid Rooms crowd.
A robotic countdown and heavy shrouding of dry ice forged the atmospheric opening for Jetpacks, the only theatrical touch to a concentrated, confident set. Soaring straight into the shimmering instrumental introduction to ‘Keeping Warm’, what the foursome produce is blindingly good - propulsive drums and vigorous rhythms fused with a powerful, deep vocal. Their audience - tellingly fan-dominated - enthused over older favourites including ‘Human Error’ and crowd thriller ‘Quiet Little Voices’, as well as tracks from last year's album In the Pit of the Stomach, ‘Ships With Holes Will Sink’ and the spectral ‘Pear Tree’. Overall it’s the instrumental which reigns: undulating, hypnotic minutes which elevate their songcraft to edge on the euphoric. With a heartfelt expression of gratitude to the crowd from frontman Adam Thompson, the anthemic ‘It’s Thunder and It’s Lightening’ and vigorous ‘Short Bursts’ rounded the evening off at tour-de-force speed.