We Were Promised Jetpacks Land at Webster Hall Tomorrow

March 7th, 2014

The Scottish quintet We Were Promised Jetpacks—Adam Thompson (vocals and guitar), Darren Lackie (drums and vocals), Stuart McGachan (keys, guitar and vocals), Michael Palmer (guitar) and Sean Smith (bass)—formed in Edinburgh more than a decade ago when they played a battle-of-the-bands contest in high school. Upon graduation they moved to Glasgow and began working on their sound and live show. Following a 2008 tour with Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks (above, performing “Quiet Little Voices” for MoshCam) released their debut LP, the post-punk- and pop-filled These Four Walls (stream it below), to acclaim in 2009. A second full-length, also well received, In the Pit of the Stomach (stream it below), followed two years later. And as they continued touring, sharpening their stage presence and working on their live performances, the five-piece has become an energetic band not to miss. They recently released a live album, E Rey (Live in Philadelphia) (stream it below), chronicling the final performance on their 2012 tour. And they play Webster Hall tomorrow night.