Union Transfer


We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Royal Bangs, Bear Hands

Sat, October 29, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


This event is all ages

We Were Promised Jetpacks
We Were Promised Jetpacks
In 2009 Adam Thompson (Vocals / Guitar), Darren Lackie (Drums), Sean Smith (bass) and Michael Palmer (Guitar) were a band of nineteen year old University Students, bunked up together in a tenement flat in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. On signing to Fat Cat Records later the same year, the band could not have anticipated the journey they were about to embark on. Now, five years later, We Were Promised Jetpacks are ready to release their third studio album entitled "UNRAVELLING".
We Were Promised Jetpacks debut album "These Four Walls" (2009) was released to critical acclaim. Thus began the bands busy touring schedule, playing high profile festival slots around the UK and USA supporting label mates Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad.

2010 saw the release of the follow­ up album "The Last Place You'll Look", an EP comprising of unreleased tracks and swelling, orchestrally­ inspired rewrites of songs from their debut album "These Four Walls".

The bands sophomore release followed in 2011 and was recorded at Sigur Ros's Sundlaugin Studios in Iceland. "In the Pit of the Stomach" was testament to the poise, control and vigor the band had learned to command. The extensive touring schedule continued and the release received support and high praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine. The band also continued to build on their high profile live performances with sets at Coachella, Fashions Big Night Out at New York's Rockerfeller Centre and on Last Call with Carson Daly

During the 2012 US Tour the band recorded and captured footage from their live set at Union Transfer, Philadelphia. Early 2014 saw the release of "E Rey: Live in Philadelphia", in ode to Esteban Rey the bands' friend and then tour manager. The album captures the explosive energy and drama fans have come to expect from a We Were Promised Jetpacks show, with behind the scenes footage allowing fans a unique insight to life on the road with the band.

Early 2014 saw the band working tirelessly on "UNRAVELLING" which will be the bands most confident and accomplished record to date. Recorded in Glasgow at the infamous Chem19 Studios with Paul Savage who has previously worked with numerous established and diverse Scottish acts such as Teenage Fanclub, King Creosote, The Twilight Sad, Franz Ferdinand and Mogwai.

Lead vocalist Adam Thompson says, “It was a fairly straightforward decision to work with Paul. He has done plenty of brilliant work and we had worked with him for a few days before recording our first album and always remembered enjoying recording with him. I'm really chuffed with that decision. I think Paul has done a great job and its the first time we've ever been present to mix the album with the same person who has recorded it, which has been an enjoyable and much more relaxing experience for us.“

The impending album release also sees the addition of a new member to the band in the form of multi-instrumentalist Stuart McGachan. Thompson's explains, “Stuart is an accomplished keys, piano and guitar player as well as having a lovely little singing voice and with him we have tried to do something a little different with this selection of songs. We've known him for ages and played music with him before so we were pretty sure it would work out. It has just been the 4 of us since about April 2004 so having someone new with us has been an enjoyable part of the process.”
Royal Bangs
Royal Bangs
Defying monotony is the reason ROYAL BANGS exist. In recording their third album, Flux Outside, out March 29th, the band has proven their ability to challenge the tediousness that consumes the music industry today. With the new album they have reclaimed their identity: three high school friends playing inspired, kinetic rock and roll, and in the process, discovered the sound they’ve been looking for all along. “This record is not just another in a progression of little steps forward,” Schaefer explains. “It’s something different.”

Under ROYAL BANGS and various other guises, frontman Ryan Schaefer, drummer Chris Rusk, and guitarist Sam Stratton have been making music together since their high school days. In 2006, they unleashed We Breed Champions, a home-recorded and self-released breakthrough album. The record’s potent noise-pop wormed its way into hearts throughout the southeastern US, eventually finding its way to Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), who reissued We Breed Champions on his own Audio Eagle Records in May of 2008.

In February of 2009, ROYAL BANGS traveled to Tangerine Sound Studios in Akron, Ohio to record their long-awaited sophomore album. The studio quickly became home to the three obsessive musicians, who even found themselves sleeping there at night. “We just could not stop working,” Schaefer recalls. The result was Let It Beep, released on Audio Eagle in September 2009. It was the intense attention to detail combined with pure joy in songwriting and recording that first attracted Glassnote Records to the band when they saw them play at SXSW in 2010 and months later at Lollapalooza. Glassnote was blown away by the band’s powerful performance and it was soon clear ROYAL BANGS had found their new home. “It just felt natural,” Schaefer explains.

To say that ROYAL BANGS have developed a saner work ethic since signing with Glassnote, would be to lie. If anything, the band has only become more focused and passionate. To record Flux Outside, they decamped to a friend’s restored Victorian house in Knoxville, where they spent a month exploring the unique acoustics of every single room. They’d already written much of the album holed up in their rehearsal space, an old methadone clinic. The resulting album is a beguiling, multi-layered collision of brutal, wittily arranged rock and roll. “Loosely Truthing” is a madcap blend of driving guitars and syncopated keys. “Back Then It Was Different” is an elegy to past desires set to the relentless throb of a defiant piano. But of all the album’s tracks it’s the bright-eyed frenzy of “Fireball,” that really captures the essence of this band.

The “Fireball” demo was initially barely formed, just something Schaefer had recorded and then forgotten about. But they needed new material. After the loss of a few band members due to the rigors of touring, they began to question how they were going to continue on, especially with even more severe touring in the near future. “We had no idea how we would play these songs with three people,” Schaefer remembers. “It was depressing, trying to recreate things we’d already done.” Schaefer began to play with the beginnings of “Fireball,” and quickly, it became the band’s motivation to create. Once ROYAL BANGS focused on writing songs the three of them could play together, everything fell into place.

After years of exploration and reinvention, ROYAL BANGS finally know who they are and what they’re about. In this state of reassurance, the band is eager to tour. “When you’re on tour it’s nice because there’s a schedule,” Schaefer says. “It’s not a tough schedule, but it’s a schedule, and we’re doing the only thing we’ve ever wanted to do.”
Bear Hands
Bear Hands
"For the past month, we've been telling everyone within earshot about Bear Hands, an unsigned up-and-comer out of Brooklyn that should be on the radar of every indie label." -Entertainment Weekly

"..While hints of lo-fi indie and post-punk v2.o float about on their debut, the songs catch fire from their own spark. No grungy depression or post-millennial anxiety, just solid tunes.." -Alternative Press (top 100 bands of 2008)

Press has been off the hook in the US and the UK for their debut 4 song ep "Golden" which was produced by Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican) and for their live shows. Bear Hands have been fortunate enough to share the stage with bands such as MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot, Ambulance Ltd, Cursive, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Le Savy Fav etc. They take to the road again in January 09 for a headlining East Coast/Mid West run in the US and then return to the UK in February for a two week tour to support their Singles Club release on Too Pure/Beggars.

In August 2006, Dylan Rau (vocals/guitar) brought together Ted Feldman (guitar), Val Loper (bass) and TJ Orscher (drums) in a small NYC practice space. The original plan was to flesh out some demos Rau had been working on but each quickly saw and heard the potential for a band; a band that would be unique sounding yet widely accessible.

Focusing on the rhythm and percussion that Orscher and Loper bring, they strive to bring the driving beat to the foreground and to marry it with the contemplative lyrics of Rau and inventive guitar lines of Feldman. This musical creativity combines and combats ideas set forth by pioneers of the rock genre.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123