REVIEW: We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Quiet Little Voices” and “Moving Clocks Run Slow”

These guys are a Scottish band who have recently emerged to acclaim in the blogosphere with their track “Ships With Holes Will Sink”. Only being signed to FatCat Records late last year, they’d previously been playing local gigs around Glasgow and Edinburgh for a number of years.

With the obvious Scottish accent shining through on the vocals, this group have something quite different to what I’ve heard before. “Quiet Little Voices” has a fast-paced guitar riff that moves through the introduction to be joined by a fitting bass line, and the two stick together throughout the verse. Distant-sounding backing vocals fill the chorus with “Ohs” and add another element of depth to the ironic yet appropriate blasting chorus.

Another track to be found on their MySpace is “Moving Clocks Run Slow”. Beginning with drums then joined by an alternating guitar riff, though this one different sounding than “Quiet Little Voices”, more sombre, it moves through to introduce a second guitar the joins the riff with it’s own melodic line that interweaves between the two. The ability for the band to seemlessly change the pace of the song and tone between bridges, choruses, and verses sets them apart from those who clearly cannot. This song manages to build up, and settle down, and build up effortlessly.

These guys reportedly have an LP due for release this year.

Take a look at their MySpace: We Were Promised Jetpacks – MySpace

Photo found on MySpace page, no specific artist credited.


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