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These Four Walls

We Were Promised JetpacksAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 6, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B00133FBCK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's Thunder And It's Lightning
2. Ships With Holes Will Sink
3. Roll Up Your Sleeves
4. Conductor
5. A Half Built House
6. This Is My House, This Is My Home
7. Quiet Little Voices
8. Moving Clocks Run Slow
9. Short Bursts
10. Keeping Warm
11. An Almighty Thud

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Product Description

Like fellow Scotsmen Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks bring emotional intensity to the forefront in their immensely appealing rock anthems. Adding nimble, driving rhythms and bristling tension to the mix, they unfold their songs into effortless-seeming choruses imbued with romanticism and pop sensibility.


"Blistering post-punk anthems of the highest pedigree: powerful and tuneful in just the right measures" --Q Magazine

"Their crisp, flighty choruses and sure-footed narratives are bolder and more purposeful than ever before" --Drowned In Sound

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ADDICTIVE!!! December 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is, without a doubt, the BEST new band and album that I have stumbled across in a loooooooong time!

As a guy in my mid-30's (wife, kids, & job have taken over my life)... it's very frustrating trying to find "new" music that is compelling, original, and meaningful. Equally hard to find an entire album that can be enjoyed from start to finish. These guys have managed to accomplish ALL of these things!

I won't try to overly categorize this band. Suffice it to say that they clearly manage to express some punk-rock influences without "being" overtly punk-rock. The prevailing style of the album revolves around driving anthems that crescendo into beautiful climaxes. They don't seem interested in being or sounding like anyone else in particular. The energy that these guys generate is infectious. And the vocals just seem so sincere that, despite the obvious and unapologetic Scottish accent, it becomes intriguing and makes you WANT to listen more closely.

2 listens and it was over, for me. I was HOOKED! This is the type of band that you can't help wanting to share with others... primarily b/c you just know that your friends will ultimately thank you for it.

Buy 2 copies of this album!!!...(so you'll have an extra copy to give to that person you know, who always finds the best new bands first, but has not heard of these guys, yet!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fun, deep, and makes you younger October 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, it made ME younger anyway, by about 25 years. Driving beats, minor chords, dark sentiments, intense dynamics, sincere vocals, variety of tones within songs, precise and tight breaks... I am very pleased. If the samples here aren't long enough for you to judge, go to that popular Internet video site and look for "Quiet Little Voices."

These guys are the real thing: I heard them the other night in Brooklyn, and they have such energy and intensity... The drummer uses his floor tom-tom a lot to get a booming sound, the bass player has intricate lines, the singer has to step away from the mike as he sings so as not to overpower the sound system, and the lead guitarist adds interesting colors through not only his guitar but also a small xylophone.

I can't wait for their next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite Albums of the Year November 16, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
I stumbled across "We Were Promised Jetpacks" by chance, at my local library. I was intrigued by their name, and glad I was compelled to pick up their album, "These Four Walls." It is so original and fresh. It is rock, but with new vibes, and subtle scottish accents.

"We Were Promised Jetpacks," hails from Glasglow, Scotland, the capital of indie music, and free spirits. Thier lyrics, even the music itself, stripped of words, shows an expert level of care and devotion. "We Were Promised Jetpacks," truly loves music, and one can hear it through their work.

As for "These Four Walls", my personal favorite is "Quiet Little Voices."
All the other songs are phenomenal. The top songs are

Quiet Little Voices
Roll Up Your Sleeves

If you love indie rock, and are looking for relief from the Miley Cyrus mania, or just need your faith in the music industry to be restored, click the big yellow button and buy "These Four Walls", before the mainstream worms its way into your mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... Outstanding debut album October 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Glasgow, Scotland is the new Seattle from the early 90s (even if the sound is quite different). Many new and intruigiung "happening" bands originate there, including Glasvegas, The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbits, just to name those, and now also We Were Promised Jetpacks. After releasing a couple of early promising singles, now comes the band's debut album.

When "These Four Walls" (11 tracks; 50 min.) opens with "It's Thunder and It's Lightning", the first thought I had was "this in Interpol on steroids", and that's meant to be a compliment. Moody guitar playing, augmented afterwards by a wall-ro-wall sound crashing of guitars, just beautiful. The first half of the album plays perfectly, with "Roll Up Your Sleeves" (1st single), and a mesmorising instrumental "A Half Built House" among the highlights. The second half has several other great highlights, including "Quite Little Voices" (2nd single), and the mammoth 8+ min. "Keeping Warm", but the album drags on just a bit too long at 50 min. Cut one or two weaker tracks in the second half, and we have a 5 star album here. But I'm splitting hairs, this is quite an extrodinary debut album from the Scots.

I had the good fortune of seeing WWPJ in concert at the Monolith music festival (at the Red Rocks near Denver) last month, and they put on a blazing set, playing many of the songs from this album. Just fabulous. Can't wait to see where WWPJ go from here. Meanwhile, if you wonder where you can hear these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none. Meanwhile, "These Four Walls" is highly recommeded!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Arilitt
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We Were Promised Jetpacks- These Four Walls
1. It's Thunder and It's Lightening- 9/10
2. Ships with Holes will Sink- 8/10
3. Roll up Your Sleeves- 7.5/10
4. Conductor- 7/10
5. A Half Built House- (5/10...not a real song)
6. This is My House, This is My Home- 8/10
7. Quiet Little Voices- 8/10
8. Moving Clocks Run Slow- 7/10
9. Short Bursts- 7/10
10. Keeping Warm- 8/10
11. An Almighty Thud- 9/10

We Were Promised Jetpacks are a band from Edinburgh, Scotland. When I hear that a band is from the UK I think of two things: Post-Punk and Post Rock. I think it's obvious why...that's where those genres are done best. WWPJ have a sound that is very similar to a lot of the bands that come from their homeland: Post-Punk/Post Rock with Spacey indie rock and Shoegaze leanings. One aspect of UK bands that sets WWPJ away from their fellow UK bands is that their vocals sound very Scottish. The Vocalist does not try to hide his accent. There are a lot soft loud dynamics, Post-punk bass lines and beats, and lots of guitar effects at work on These Four Walls.

Track one, It's Thunder and It's Lightening, Follows the dynamics of most of the current post-rock bands. It builds up and explodes into a wall of guitar effects. It reminds me of a mix of Mogwai and U2. The distorted bass really helps the song, and the Soaring chorus compliments the verses quite nicely. Track two, Ships with Holes will Sink, has a jangley sound very reminiscent of U2. It has more of a post-punk sound to it. You can hear it in the drums. Track three, Roll up Your Sleeves, has a very post punk beginning, but not as blatantly as The Futureheads first album. Track four, Conductor, has more of a post-rock feel, with a heavy Mogwai influence to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome may well become my favorite band from Scotland.
Published 3 months ago by Kimberly cushman
5.0 out of 5 stars Why hasn't this band become more popular?
They are fantastic! I love how they sing with Scottish accents and they rock out with a sense of humour.
Published 9 months ago by zentrainer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Amount of Noise
This album fulfills all my requirements for being loud, punctuated, inspired, and inspiring. It makes me want to jump up, dance, and smash things, which is really all I'm asking... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tim Senft
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this band, its so unique
I love this band, period. The music is so fluent and easy to listen to. Its really unique. Almost calming to listen to. I recommend this band and this CD highly
Published 16 months ago by K. Herriott
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I'm in shock that I had never heard of this band until recently,thank you I-heart! Just purchased all their music!
Published 18 months ago by Jeremy4037
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome album
I haven't purchased a physical CD in years. I'm glad I did for this album. The album art/liner notes are really well done. The music itself is great. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kenny R
4.0 out of 5 stars The only good thing that came out of watching the movie "Hall Pass".
I was watching that movie and heard this awesome song in the background. I had to look up the soundtrack and go through it to find this band. Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by Antoniette
4.0 out of 5 stars decent
Decent indie rock. A few too many long sections without lyrics. Great scottish accent from the lead singer. Awesome drums and guitars.
Published on September 21, 2012 by Ethan R. Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars I too was promised a jetpack
I love this band and I feel that I connect with them on a level even deeper than the music. I'll explain. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by Timboliah PantsOnFiyah
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you hope for the future the art of music
I discovered this band by chance through college radio. To give you an idea of how good I think this album is let me just say that after listening for the first time my first... Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by J. Bryant
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