50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: We Were Promised Jetpacks – #23

Posted on 21 March 2012 by admin




We Were Promised Jetpacks is an indie rock band from Edinburgh, rx Scotland, healing comprising Adam Thompson (vocals, guitar), Michael Palmer (guitar), Sean Smith (bass) and Darren Lackie (drums). The band’s debut album, These Four Walls, was released on 15 June 2009 on Fat Cat Records.

The band cites label mates Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad as influences, alongside Biffy Clyro‘s early material.[1]



We Were Promised Jetpacks formed in Edinburgh, in 2003. The band played their first gig at their school’s ‘battle of the bands’ competition, which they won. The four-piece eventually relocated to Glasgow:

“There was a time when we first moved to Glasgow (we grew up and went to school in Edinburgh, then three of us moved to Glasgow and one of us to Stirling) and started playing proper gigs in proper venues. Playing in Edinburgh before was weird as we were underage, so ended up playing some odd nights. Which was cool, but when we moved to Glasgow we were of drinking age and we started playing places like Sleazy’s and whatnot. We felt like a proper band.”[2]

In September 2008, the band supported Frightened Rabbit during their tour for The Midnight Organ Fight. The band signed to Fat Cat Records after the label listened to some tracks on their MySpace following a recommendation from future label mates Frightened Rabbit.[3]

The band’s drummer, Darren Lackie, is known amongst the band as “Peter Quiznose”.[4]

Bassist Sean Smith is known to his friends as ‘Goose’ and features in the Youtube video ‘Goose – 1 minute smile’.

These Four Walls

On 15 June 2009 the band released their debut album, These Four Walls, and performed the album in full at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The album reached #27 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart.[5] In late 2009 and early 2010, the band toured America, with support from Cincinnati-based band Bad Veins. Their early 2010 tour also included support from Brooklyn-based band Bear Hands and Washington natives The Lonely Forest. In March 2010, the band released a new EP, entitled The Last Place You’ll Look.[6] In October 2010 the band toured in North America to open for Jimmy Eat World. On 15 October 2010, their song “Quiet Little Voices” was featured on the Persian-language political satire show, Parazit, on Voice of America[7] and their song “An Almighty Thud” was featured in the opening sequence in Sons of Anarchy episode, “Turas”, on 2 November 2010. On 7 December 2010, the single “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning” from the album These Four Walls was played on season 8, episode 11, “Darkness on the Edge of Town” of the CW network’s successful television series, One Tree Hill, and on season 1, episode 8 of the Showtime series, “Shameless”. Their song “Quiet Little Voices” is also featured in the 2011 comedy Hall Pass[8] with Owen Wilson.

In the Pit of the Stomach

In July 2011, the band announced their second full-length album, In the Pit of the Stomach and released the track “Act on Impulse”. The album was released on October 4, 2011. It was met with general approval from music critics, and achieved an overall rating of 7.3/10 at[9] AnyDecentMusic? based on 23 reviews.




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