By Chelsea Faler |Staff Writer|
Indie rock band, We Were Promised Jetpacks, released their third album, Un-ravelling on Oct. 14 in the U.S.
The Members of the Scottish Indie Rock band include Adam Thompson (vocals and guitar), Michael Palmer (guitar), Sean Smith (bass), and Darren Lackie (drums), and the newest addition to the band Stuart McGachan (piano and guitar).
While the majority of the tracks had the same slow, emotional, somewhat dreary beat and depressing lyrics, I did ﬁnd the overall simplistic sound of “Unravelling” to be almost soothing and relaxing.
Although depressing and soothing don’t usually go hand in hand, the odd combination seemed to mesh well.
We Were Promised Jetpacks came together in 2003 and started their journey from Scotland after winning their school’s Battle of the Bands competition.
There were a few singles that stood out to me, including “Peace Sign,” a song based more on forgiveness and letting go, and “Night Terror,” which was a refreshingly upbeat song as opposed to the rest of the album’s gloominess.
It is clear that a lot of deep, heartfelt emotions went into writing these lyrics, which makes for more likable and relatable songs.
“Feels like I’m crying out…and I try to get up but my body feels stuck,” sings Thompson in “Night Terrors.”
We Were Promised Jetpacks is indeed a European-centralized band and is not yet very well known in the United States or other outside countries.
However, I personally feel they have set themselves apart from the stereotypical pop boy bands who seem to over populate the music industry.
I have not listened to the two previous We Were Promised Jetpacks albums, but as for their newest production, it is something I believe fans of Indie Rock would enjoy listening too.
If you are someone who has a taste for more diverse, cheerful music then I would not suggest Unraveling as an album for you, but maybe something to check out if you are interested in heartfelt songs or even just a new genre of music to listen to.
We Were Promised Jetpacks has been making music for many years and I foresee these gentleman to continue to grow and produce better music and lyrics with every record they continue to work on.
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