We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks

A New Dakota, The Last Dinosaur

Fri, September 7, 2012

9:00 pm

Mojo Main

Newark, DE

$13-$15

This event is all ages

We Were Promised Jetpacks
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Following closely in the footsteps of The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks are yet another hugely talented young Scottish band added to the FatCat roster. The 4-piece came to our attention when listening to some of the friends on the Frightened Rabbit Myspace page. Though recent months has seen the band tour the UK with their aforementioned friends, the four preceding years have consisted of local gigs in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh, allowing WWPJ to find their sound and hone their live performance.

Assembled in Edinburgh as high school friends in 2003, their first ever gig saw them winning their school's battle of the bands competition. Proceeding shows were after school performances around the city of Edinburgh which were well attended and fuelled the band with a hunger and ambition. If the nascent WWPJ aural template embraced light-footed compositions – few effects pedals, traditional song structures, clear-cut guitars - succeeding years have seen WWPJ soar aural heights and mine emotional depths in every sense: the band you will encounter now are a cacophonous tour de force: louder, wilder, avidly literate; fiercely melodic, yet eagerly restrained. Lyrics and vocal melodies come courtesy of Adam Thompson, everything else arises from the full group; Adam Thompson (Guitar/Vocals), Michael Palmer (Guitar), Sean Smith (Bass) and Darren Lackie (Drums).

Before even releasing a single, WWPJ have laid claim to some recent successes which bode well for the future of the band. A well recorded three-track demo was circulated and managed to pick up a KEXP track of the day over the pond, and plays on national stations in the UK were popping up on XFM, BBC and Q radio. Before the announcement of WWPJ signing to FatCat Records, a strong hint was sitting on the shelves across the UK in the form of inclusion on a recent FatCat sampler, mounted onto Plan B magazine.

A tour through September 2008 as main support for Frightened Rabbit garnered some great reviews for WWPJ. This being their first jaunt into England, healthy crowds arrived early on each evening due to the huge buzz in Scotland now filtering down south of the border. You could loosely pin some reference points onto WWPJ; the vocals reminiscent of Morrissey or Paul Banks (Interpol), clever guitar interplay similar to something you'd hear on a Billy Mahonie track, dynamically you could compare them to Mogwai, and generally Futureheads/Hot Club De Paris/Postcard/Fire Engine are all good markers.

Having received amazing critical support for 'These Four Walls' and two singles from the album ('Quiet Little Voices' and 'Roll Up Your Sleeves'), as well as some high profile festival sets and an ecstatically-received main support set at Frightened Rabbit's Scala show in London in April '09, the year was a busy one for We Were Promised Jetpacks.

The band released an EP - 'The Last Place You'll Look' - in April 2010 comprising unreleased tracks and swelling, orchestrally-inspired rewrites of songs from 'These Four Walls'.

October '11 saw the release of the album 'In the Pit of the Stomach', bearing testimony to the poise, control, confidence and vigour the band now command.
A New Dakota
A New Dakota
Newark, Delaware’s A New Dakota is a three-piece angst filled indie rock band who recently blasted onto the local scene. A New Dakota explosive sound stems from the mind of singer/guitarist Grace Koon and is backed by the experience and driving rhythm section of drummer Bryan Fitzgerald and bassist Scott Mathews. The three-piece’s live show is loud and energizing and has Out & About Magazine raving, “Put them on your ‘I knew about them before they were famous’ list quickly, because it’s bound to happen.” With their first EP under their belt and opening for numerous national touring acts throughout Philadelphia and Delaware this three-piece is just starting to pick up speed and it’s only a mater of time before A New Dakota’s infectious songs are stuck in the caverns of your mind.
The Last Dinosaur
The Last Dinosaur
"Their latest EP, Tales, is a melodic blend of guitar and vocal driven post-rock. The team puts together a nice blend of off-kilter beats with pleasantly repetitive guitar hooks and vocals that range from melodic to passionately raised yelling.
"Tales is Indie / Rock at its very best; superbly written, wonderfully mixed in the studio and clearly a band with bundles of energy and talent. It's not often I run out of adjectives to help paint a picture for music, but I fear I may do on this occasion.

Each song is well written, well balanced, and well produced. I can see The Last Dinosaur becoming much bigger than their hometown in the near future, if some wicked smart record company will scoop them up quickly enough."-PJ Hagerty, Thoughts and Aquisitions blog
Venue Information:
Mojo Main
270 E Main Street
Newark, DE, 19711