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We Were Promised Jetpacks / Endor / Sebastian Dangerfield – Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 21st August 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve seen We Were Promised Jetpacks. In fact I hadn’t seen them since the tour just prior to the release of last year’s debut LP.

In that time, they just seem to have gotten bigger – not just in terms of popularity (the Liquid Room is heaving) but also in terms of sound. Whilst 8 of the 12 songs played are from ‘These FourWalls’ they just sound so much more massive than they did 14 months ago.

‘Keep Warm’ is of course a massive highlight but right up there with it were the likes of ‘It’s Thunder …’ and ‘Ships With Holes …’. It struck me during the show that I first heard ‘Moving Clocks ..’ and ‘Ships’ almost 3 years ago in the slightly less rock’n’roll surroundings of the Accies Club in Glasgow. My, how these songs have grown!

Of  course, if you turn your back on this lot for any length of time then the chances are they’ll have some new songs on display. This time, as implied above, there were four – a hugely impressive opening number, a smouldering one four songs in and probably the most varied of all near the end of the set (from which this post’s title is lifted). Yep, I know that’s only three but the third new song they played (7th on the night) was a little predictable to these ears. Which is a first.

Singer Adam was also slightly subdued throughout the set with minimal interaction with  the crowd (other than the ‘That’s shit clapping!’ reproach during the intro to ‘Keep Warm’ – which was fair comment!). But in some regards all that did was focus the set and make it a little more intense.

All in all it was a great set with the only disappointment being the fact that there was no encore. Yet again the young people in the audience took Adam at his word (‘This is definitely the last song’) and, extraordinarily, there was almost no demand for an encore. At all.

One other curious thing about the audience. I did turn up expecting to feel a little like a dad compared to the vast majority of the crowd but in fact there was a surprising number of older faces in the crowd (and not just  those related to the band!). These Jetpacks, it seems, have a wide appeal.

Support came from two not dissimilar bands. I’ve actually seen Endor before – almost four years ago – when, to be honest, I wasn’t terribly impressed. The first couple of punchy numbers though had me hastily revising that opinion but they weren’t able to maintain that momentum mid set although things did pick up again towards the end. I may investigate the LP.

Opening act Sebastian Dangerfield were probably a tad more laidback with the second song 2 sounding very much like a poppy Frightened Rabbit. But they quickly lost the crowd after that with a slower number (and frankly it wasn’t the most polite crowd I’ve ever stood in with a loud volume of talking) and never really won them back.


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