We Were Promised Jetpacks will be touring beginning in February in support of their critically acclaimed album, These Four Walls, out now on FatCat. In 2009 We Were Promised Jetpacks performed at SXSW and toured the U.S. in the fall along with labelmates, Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad and BrakesBrakesBrakes. This is We Were Promised Jetpacks first-ever U.S. headlining tour and will include a return trip to the SXSW Music Festival.
Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, We Were Promised Jetpacks tasted success early when they won their high school’s battle of the bands competition. The four-piece came to FatCat’s attention when listening to some of the friends on the Frightened Rabbit’s (now labelmates) MySpace page. We Were Promised Jetpacks had already gotten attention and airplay from KEXP, XFM, and the BBC – before any official release – on the strength of a widely-circulated three-song demo.
Like fellow Scotsmen Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks bring emotional intensity to the forefront in their immensely appealing rock anthems. Adding nimble, driving rhythms and bristling tension into the mix, they unfold their songs into effortless-seeming choruses imbued with romanticism and pop sensibility.
â€œThese Four Walls is like a 50-minute, 11-song tour through the Scottish scene’s past, present, and future, emphasizing how much of the country’s best pop music has been concerned with transporting listeners to specific places, so we can all linger there together.â€ – The Onion
â€œAs this crackles with youthful brio and subtlety, we can start speculating what this band may go on to achieve.â€ – MOJO
â€œThese Four Walls is a consistently exciting album full of memorable songs, and one of maybe five records this year so far that I would recommend unreservedly.â€ – Tiny Mix Tapes
02.11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
02.12 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
02.13 – Washington, DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel
02.14 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
02.17 – Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
02.19 – Nashville, TN @ The End
02.23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
02.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
02.27 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
03.03 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
03.05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03.06 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive