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We Were Promised Jetpacks

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Editorial Review

Lacking catharsis in your life? Then listen to more We Were Promised Jetpacks. The young Scottish quartet treats nearly every song as a matter of life and death. Singer Adam Thompson pours himself into his soul-wrenching vocals as crescendos build behind him, and it sounds even more serious because of his impossibly thick Scottish accent. Seeing the band live takes it to another level, since Thompson has the innocent, cherubic face of someone who should be singing wispy love songs, not emotionally hefty rock songs. Along with fellow Scots (and labelmates) the Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, the band is helping make Scotland a hotbed for a new brand of emo anthems. Bad Veins and Typefighter open at Rock and Roll Hotel.

--David Malitz (Feb. 2010)