an album from a band that doesn't try too hard to do anything out of
this world in terms of technicality or deep confusing meaning with
song lyrics. They are a post/punk/indie/epic/rock band to start the
description. They don't try to impress. It's honest rock 'n roll. By
focusing on this, We Were Promised Jetpacks have crafted an album that
shows how much they care about what they are performing and singing
about without going overboard. They don't beat you over the head with
how great they are at their instruments or insane their vocal melodies
are. They just focus on writing interesting, steady, enjoyable rock
songs. And man, is it fucking enjoyable to hear a band like that these
days. It's original enough but not so much so that it ends out in
space or too dissonant to be catchy. Everything fits where it should
fit and works perfectly in conjunction together. Dance beats over
simple melodic guitar riffs with floating accented vocals telling
simple, meaningful stories. It's heavy when it needs to be heavy. It's
quiet and weird just when it needs to calm down. It's melodic,
beautiful, and epic when they really want to kick you in the pants.
The music is so simple sometimes, you start to think you might get
bored then...they throw something new at you at the perfect time and
then it builds and builds and builds to summer blockbuster movie
caliber climaxes. It's wonderful my friends. I discovered this in the
final two weeks of 2009 and I don't hesitate for a second to say it is
one of the best albums of the year. I can't stop listening to it. This
is what is so great about music, you never know when something new and
exciting is going to pop up in front of you when you least expect it.
This is in my new 'go-to' library for driving/drinking/thinking music.
Did I mention they are Scottish? Crazy cool accent when he is singing.
And also! That they are best friends with another Scottish band that
made my top 10 last year, Frightened Rabbit? Check both of these
amazing bands out for exciting, interesting, unpretentious rock.