We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls

January 01, 1970





Scottish quartet
We Were Promised Jetpacks has created a kinetic, punk-rock album full of
entrancing melodies, pulsating drums and heavy bass lines; resultantly, making
their debut just as fun as their name. Akin to their label mates Frightened
Rabbit and A Twilight Sad, Jetpacks’ overall sound rests between these two
sonic extremes. They meld Twilight’s loud, angst driven music with Rabbit’s propensity
for pensive lyrics and fashion a sound all their own.


What’s more, These Four Walls is wonderfully
juxtaposed. Thompson sings and shouts about loneliness, anxiety over love lost,
being pummeled, little monsters invading one’s mind and deposed protagonists.
Yet Jetpacks manages to transform this macabre concoction into energetic,
danceable and-dare I say it-“upbeat” songs. And after 43 minutes of jumping
around the room like a fool, shouting along with Adam Thompson, we arrive to a
quiet number. Acoustic track “An Almighty Thud” is a fine closer to the album
as Thompson’s warbly voice leaves us with the words “You’re
the last thing I want/ I’m going to stay here.” Walls proves to be a fine debut for this up-and-coming Scottish


Standout Tracks: “Conductor,” “Quiet Little Voices,” “Short


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