Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks - In the Pit of the Stomach
The execution of the music characterizes this perfectly, wether it wishes to do so in a fast and heavy style, like in Boy In the Backseat as Adam Thompson and Michael Palmer fling out grungey riffs in a rush of indie fueled energy, or in the bleaker dwindling bassline from Sean Smith that is the driving force in Sore Thumb, all are effective in creating a sound that manages to be so atmospheric and soundscaping, but still decent to headbang to at the same time, with the groups dealings of sweeping hooks and the tranquil vocals of Thompson, which in spite of their calmness still remain the engaging centerpiece even in the harder moments. His broad Edinburgh accent is also effective in capturing a characteristic sense of tragedy and despair, which makes up a fair amount of WWPJ's lyrics.
So for an album that was essentially stumbled upon in looking for any decent new music, In the Pit of the Stomach is a really awesome display of Scottish hard indie rock, the kind of rock genre that we as a nation seem to be best at producing in this day and age. An engaging album that can manages to find a sense of beauty and grace within it's hard and noise-rock inspired walls of guitar distortion, We Were Promised Jetpacks are showing an effortless display of what modern Scottish rock does best.
We Were Promised Jetpacks' In the Pit of the Stomach is out now via Fat Cat Records. The band will tour the UK in December.