We Were Promised Jetpacks could have been the poster-children for a brand of cathartic sad-rock that shoots for the sky by aiming at the gut. The Scottish band’s first two albums held a healthy mix of unnerving guitar drones, soothing lead licks, and propelling power chords, all of which regularly gave way into massive explosions of combative drumming and lead singer Adam Thompson’s soaring wail by the second chorus. The band earned a reputation for translating these massive songs live, where at their best they could launch their audience into the stratosphere and then right back into the pit of their stomachs. We Were Promised Jetpacks latest effort, the more subtle Unraveling, drifts away from the band’s roots of anxious aggression, and towards a more controlled and clean sound — but don’t expect any of the band’s trademark live energy to dissipate when they perform this week at Great American Music Hall.
While We Were Promised Jetpacks sound has grown more steadfast in the past few years, their live prowess have been amplified considerably with the addition of fifth member and multi-instrumentalist Stuart McGachan. The band used to play shows with friends, label-mates, and influences The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, but as time goes by it seems like We Were Promised Jetpacks is gunning to perform alongside the likes of U2. Catch them on their road to arenas without the price tag or nosebleed views by winning tickets to their show this Thursday. Details below.
To enter for a chance to win tickets to see We Were Promised Jetpacks at Great American Music Hall, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “We Were Promised Jetpacks” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.
We Were Promised Jetpacks, Seoul
Great American Music Hall
November 19, 2015
9 pm, $25