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Album Review – These Four Walls by We Were Promised Jetpacks

These Four Walls by We Were Promised Jetpacks


I first became aware of this band when another Scottish band I admire, Frightened Rabbit, started to mention them. They ended up gaining a record deal with the Fat Cat label thanks to being listed on Frightened Rabbit’s myspace page. So are they just Frightened Rabbit Junior? I’d say not. Sure, there are similarities but I think I could find similarities amongst countless Scottish bands – there is something that somehow binds them all. However, these guys also have their own sound. They have been classified as indie-rock, indie-pop, post-punk etc etc. Not that it really matters. Classifications are the devil’s work.

The bottom line is that this is an album that is exceptionally well put together for such an early release. I don’t want to say it displays maturity greater than their ages but, well, it does really. The band has an all too rare knack for perfecting melodies but still giving the tracks a rugged appeal that makes you feel like you are being given it straight.

Tracks worthy of mention equate to almost the whole album but I’d specifically recommend An Almighty Thud, Short Bursts, Moving Clocks Run Slow and Roll Up Your Sleeves. A very strong debut album. Well done boys. 8.5/10.


July 19, 2009 - Posted by | Album Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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