August 20, 2009

We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
My Thoughts: Love More (<3)

I was initially put off and, oddly, also drawn to the band We Were Promised Jetpacks due to their ... well lets admit it, their strange name. Mere seconds into the record and I could tell the band was much more than a bunch of kids with a band name that seems to be trying too hard.

Charging rhythms backed with crashing drums and hurried, restless vocals rouse the spirit and shake the bum. There are some general Dance Rock things that go on that are, admittedly, tried and true, but the tired qualities show up infrequently, and, under the command of these youngins, stay engaging and fun. Which is what music ought to be, right? The band doesn't stick strictly to dance rock, occationally giving us a few samplings of their slower, more melodic side, which, when it comes, is a nice contrast to the thrillers on the record.

The songs are not just great dance songs, which would be fine if they were, because they're darn good dance rock. The lyrics are consistently zealous and stirring, often giving me shivers when things get a little emotional. They ebb and flow with the wavering mealodies laid down by the skilled guitar lines, churning the album into an unstoppable sonic hurricane, peaking with their 8 minute Explosions in the Sky-esq track Keeping Warm. Yeah, I dig this album. It's not perfect, but I got lost in the album enough to barely notice it's short comings. They have a lot of growth, but if this is where they're starting, I'll be intent on keeping up to date with their actions

We Were Promised Jetpacks actually happen to be playing Monolith, which I'm absolutely stoked for.

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Roll Up Your Sleeves
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Quiet Little Voices
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Keeping Warm

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