October222011

In The Pit Of The Stomach – We Were Promised Jetpacks

Signed to FatCat Records and closely associated with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks are right in the heart of the Scottish Indie scene. Just over two years since the release of their debut LP, These Four Walls the band returns with In The Pit of The Stomach which shows what can be done with the right production team and a little bit of time. This album does what most second albums fail to do, display musical maturity and developing the sound without losing the energy and character of the band we met in the first album.

In The Pit of The Stomach is filled with songs that you’ll expect groups of lads to chant from the windows of their flat after a drunken night out including the album opener “Circles and Squares,” a track which unfortunately sounds a bit like a rip off of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You.’ In this album, We Were Promised Jetpacks really make use of layering of vocals in four part harmony, guitars and cymbals to enhance the music and although this creates an undeniably rich atmosphere, this is something that may not be able to be created in live performances, which is quite disappointing.

Tracks which stand out include ‘Through The Dirt and The Gravel,’ ‘Pear Tree,’ ‘Medicine’ and ‘Act On Impulse,’ however although this is a fantastic album, there isn’t too much variety which a band like this need as there seems to be a dependency on sombre lyrics and noisy instrumentals. Despite that, this is the best offering from the Edinburgh quartet and it shows that they seem to have found their style but have not settled just yet. Roll on the next album to see where these guys are headed.

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