(Fat Cat Records)
Scottish quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks
returns with sophomore release In
the Pit of the Stomach. Two years since debut These Four Walls the band continues in the hard punching, punk rock
vein of the catchy LP. Here the
quartet explores their instrumental side – which they slightly delved into on Walls – as the album opens with a wall
of sound as the crashing cymbals and roaring guitars of “Circles and Squares”
draws us in, We Were Promised Jetpacks are back.
singer Adam Thompson contemplates death and time lost, and his introspectively
caustic words sail along the charging music. “Act on Impulse” is an impressive
slow number that departs from the loud sounds that envelopes Stomach. With a subtle, plucky guitar
and rhythmic drum the song builds as Thompson begins his dire tale, “He died
alone/He died on impact/All this talk of death/Has really brightened up my week.”
Closing with the
impressive “Pear Tree” again the charging music takes the front seat as the songs
quiets mid-way, changes tempo and each layer of music adds to the sonic pool to
close the album with a bang. Though Thompson remains in the same contemplative
state lyrically, In the Pit of the
Stomach is a great follow up to Walls and unveils an orchestral maturity form the four gents.
DOWNLOAD: “Act On Impulse,” “Medicine” APRIL S.