We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks


Wed, March 5, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA

$17 advance / $19 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only.
Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

We Were Promised Jetpacks
We Were Promised Jetpacks
When a band's debut album is both impressive and hugely successful, it's not often that their sophomore effort makes it seem almost average in comparison. But In The Pit Of The Stomach – We Were Promised Jetpacks’ grand, accomplished follow-up to 2009’s These Four Walls – is precisely this rare exception.
We Were Promised Jetpacks spent 2009 and 2010 touring tirelessly on their debut, including a run with Frightened Rabbit and shows supporting Passion Pit and Tokyo Police Club; the band’s second set of US appearances, their first headlining tour, sold out across the board; and they closed out 2010 supporting pop-punk legends Jimmy Eat World on a huge sold-out theater tour.

Armed with the confidence of all that touring, a batch of new, road-tested songs, and a muscular vision for a new record, the band decamped to Sigur Rós’s studio retreat in the frozen wilds of Iceland.

Explains singer Adam Thompson: “We recorded the debut album in 8 days with one short tour under our belts - this time around we spent a full three weeks in the studio recording with [live sound engineer] Andrew Bush and made an album that both captured the sound of our live show and that is strong start to finish.” Peter Katis (Frightened Rabbit, The National) was also on hand for additional mixing and production.

The result, In The Pit Of The Stomach, is a huge leap forward from their debut – full of prickly ambition and grand-scale vision, sure, but with no shortage of the hooks and personal engagement that have earned their debut – and, indeed, their powerful, wrenching live shows – such a wide and devoted following.

From the thundering first attack of lead-off track “Circles & Squares,” to the album’s first single, the dark, driving anthem “Medicine”, to slow-burning, triumphant “Sore Thumb” and the whip-smart, angular “Human Error” – In The Pit Of The Stomach is a fiery, atmospheric listen.

With their sophomore LP, We Were Promised Jetpacks have transcended even the very high expectations created by their beloved debut and subsequent tireless, much-buzzed touring; In The Pit Of The Stomach is, quite simply, a brilliant achievement from this young, exceptional group.

We Were Promised Jetpacks will be headlining a US tour in October and November.
Honeyblood are the Glasgow-based two-piece of Shona McVicar on drums and Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale vocals / guitar. Despite their fledgling status and minimal set-up, the duo's song writing is fully formed, perfectly assured and far from spartan. With nothing extraneous, their music is driven through neatly filled and balanced instrumental structures and the sheer strength of Stina's vocal. The songs resonate with deep hooks and the kind of effortless charm that's been praised among recent releases from Best Coast, Haim and Frankie Rose while also tapping into the swooning, strident delivery of more established artists like Jenny Lewis. And while those are all great touchstones for their breezy debut single, the band also claim the darker currents of PJ Harvey and The Breeders / The Throwing Muses as influences, citing their strong riffs as inspirations for beginning Honeyblood.

Since their formation in early 2012 the duo have supported acts including Sleigh Bells, Crocodiles, Palma Violets and Deap Vally, played shows for the likes NME and Vice, as well as festivals everywhere from Brighton's Great Escape to Talinn's Music Week; but they started out with humble beginnings putting on a show themselves at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow to release their debut two-track cassette 'Thrift Shop' on CATH Records. Honeyblood have rapidly ingrained themselves into a Glaswegian scene that they describe as "a lot of bands branching out from the usual genres and just writing excellent tunes - It's great to feel a part of that." It was at that early show that FatCat first stumbled upon the band and their signing continues the Brighton-based label's strong run of picking up on the best new Scottish talent at a nascent stage. Honeyblood follow on from The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks - all of whom were found from demos or early performances.

On 'Bud', the band's first vinyl release and debut for FatCat, their bittersweet pop has been captured to tape by Rory Atwell. These first two tracks are just the tip of the iceberg with plans for a Honeyblood full length already underway. Asked what they hope listeners to take away from Honeyblood's music the pair answer, "For more girls to start playing guitars and drums, sing songs and have fun." There could hardly be a better offering to help inspire young bands to pick up the sticks and strings and do it themselves than this debut. With a buzz of expectation emerging around them already, you can expect big things from them in the next year.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138