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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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  • 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 (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Makelegs on 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 By Frank Lynch on October 6, 2009
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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 By Lauren Firth on November 16, 2009
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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 By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2009
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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 on October 19, 2009
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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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