We Were Promised Jetpacks

November 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

There is a possibility that I have a slight crush on Scottish indie rock. Not only do they take the sensibilities ingrained in the genre by its forefathers, but work in some stylings that are not heavily associated with the U.S., such as shoegaze. The 1-2 punch of We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Twilight Sad brought a variety of flavors to Union Transfer, and a fair amount of swooning.

WWPJ brought a worthy follow-up show to their last UT visit, which was recorded for a live album. They are genuinely appreciative of both the city and the venue. Heavier than their counter parts, the often raucous sound managed to keep everyone on their feet. Adam Thompson has an impressive voice, and he exercised it all night long, coming out strong with the post-rock slow burn bliss of “Safety In Numbers” and closing the night with the rowdy high note of “Short Bursts”

The Twilight Sad came out equally as strong. Pulling out all the stops with his performance, James Graham was a dancing ball of fire in front of the post-shoegaze powder keg of guitars and drums that burned in the air. Alternating between gentle waves of reverb-soaked guitars, cinematic synths, and mic-less shouts accompanied fits of near rage, it was an emotionally draining set for The Twilight Sad at the very least, but filled with genuine passion and not a false note


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