WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS have accomplished just that.It’s a rare band who can make a studio recording do them justice when their gigs ooze electric energy, but
The Glasgow-based quartet’s ridiculously limited three-song EP (just 101 copies) – which The Pop Coppicked up at their 13th Note show last month – somehow manages to capture the sound of something so raw without at all being rough around the edges.
Opening track Quiet Little Voices is relentlessly hypnotic and full of gratifying crescendos, while Let’s Call This A Map shows off their Biffy Clyro influences.
But most impressive is Moving Clocks Run Slow. The song starts off like the best bits of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah before an unexpected and extraordinary thing happens at 3:15 – the melody morphs into a dizzy 90-second instrumental of breathtaking genius that will send your fist into the air and drop your jaw to the floor.
For ones so young to be this talented is praiseworthy enough. The fact their live performances also exude an effortless cool makes We Were Promised Jetpacks pretty much essential.
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Moving Clocks Run Slow
September 7, ABC2, Glasgow (midnight show)
September 16, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
September 25, Capitol, Glasgow (free)