Scottish post-punk revival band We Were Promised Jetpacks will be jetting through San Diego tonight, bringing abrasive yet calming rock to The Casbah. Formed in 2003, the band released its debut album “These Four Walls” in summer 2009, with several tracks making the rounds as soundtracks to scenes in television shows such as “Shameless” and “Sons of Anarchy.”
The band returned with its sophomore follow-up in October last year. “In the Pit of the Stomach” dabbles in sound rock and post-punk realms, opening on a loud and proud note with “Circles And Squares” and “Medicine.” The one standout track on the album that showcases We Were Promised Jetpacks as something other than a punk band is “Act On Impulse.” It starts with a simple guitar riff and sounds as if the song is waking up in the morning, with echoing vocals that later infiltrate the rhythms of the introduction. The song is a haunting reminder of all the dark feelings that hide inside waiting for absolution. “Act On Impulse” marks the middle section of the album that has a considerably slower tone than the bookends of the album. The album closes with the marathon song (it’s 6:35) “Pear Tree,” combining all the good traits of the album, leaving the listener on a hopeful note. The controlled crescendo in the last half of the song is perfect for a little head banging.
We Were Promised Jetpacks plays today at The Casbah, with Chasing Kings and Tristen providing support. Tickets are on sale now via The Casbah’s website for $16. Tickets will also be available at the door. The show is 21 and older and doors will open at 8:30 p.m.