We Were Promised Jetpacks – Debaser, September 27th 2012

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Debaser, September 27th 2012

We Were Promised Jetpacks (WWPJ), a young Scottish indie rock band that recently released its second album In the Pit of the Stomach, put on a great performance at Debaser in Stockholm. The band’s very solid performance impressed from beginning to end, and they showed to have all the characteristics of a band that is capable of making it quite far in the world of music.

Starting with the song Keeping Warm, WWPJ set a great atmosphere right from the beginning with a five minute-or-so long intro to the song. When Hands, the band’s main singer, finally started to use his microphone, the clearness of his voice immediately stuck out. He managed to remain stable throughout the entire set very well, and I have heard a lot of more popular singers perform a lot worse.

The same can be said about the intensity of performance of the entire band. All four members were very engaged in their music from the start, and became even more so while they progressed throughout the set. They seemed to be lost in their own music, and such devotion is of course crucial in order to grow as a band.

Looking at the entirety of the set, WWPJ pulled through very well. Compared to their recorded material, WWPJ’s live show added the extra dimension needed to lift their music to the next level. As the band progressed, the audience, which was mostly rather calm, got more and more into the performance, and went all out when the final song was set in.

The only minor issues with WWPJ’s set were the occasional performance hiccup and the lack of interaction with the audience. Of course, the latter is a conscious choice made by the band, and arguably indie rock isn’t a genre that lends itself very well for a lot of interaction. But still, an occasional smile or even some more eye contact with the audience wouldn’t hurt.
Therefore, it came as a bit of a surprise when, halfway through the set, Hands all of a sudden spurred out a whole series of thank you’s towards his crowd. He repeated this once more before the band set in their final song of the evening, and both times this was obviously warmly welcomed by the audience.

Interestingly, the biggest problem at the gig wasn’t anything the band could have prevented. As is unfortunately almost customary in Sweden, a couple of drunk guys came running to front during the second song, only to perform something vaguely resembling dance moves while trying to prevent themselves from falling over, thereby continuously bumping into the rest of the crowd. When one of them sat down on the podium (because, you know, why not?), Hill, WWPJ’s guitarist, made him leave that spot by gently nudging him with his foot until he did.
Later on, the guy came back to enter a discussion with Hill while the band was still performing, and Hill actually had a conversation while continuing to play his guitar. When the guy was escorted out by security a few minutes later, this was apparently reason enough for one of his buddies to try to steal some merchandise on his way out, luckily failing miserably.
I included this story because I applaud Hill for handling this professionally while continuously playing, and I hope the band doesn’t have to deal with this kind of people too often during the rest of their tour.

Overall, WWPJ played a great set, and it’s a shame that Debaser was only filled for what I estimate to be about 60%, because this band definitely deserves a larger crowd. So if you’re already a fan of We Were Promised Jetpacks, or if you want to see an indie rock band and are wondering if WWPJ is worth your time and money, I can wholeheartedly recommend you to see these guys perform. Go and support We Were Promised Jetpacks, they deserve it.

Do you want to know more about WWPJ? Check their website, Facebook page and Twitter!

Keeping Warm
Human Error
Quiet Little Voices
Peace Sign
Hard To Remember
Roll Up Your Sleeves
Sore Thumb
Boy In The Backseat
Ships With Holes Will Sink
Pear Tree
It’s Thunder And It’s Lightning
Short Bursts



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Bas FSM 4 posts

Bas Swinkels is the latest addition to the FSM team. As is the case with Stephan, he is a Dutch native living in Stockholm. He enjoys pony rides, candlelight dinners, and long walks on the beach. Doesn’t only attempt to write reviews, but also attempts to create art. Usually fails at both.

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