Union Transfer


We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Breton, Fort Lean

Sat, May 5, 2012

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.”
Formed in 2010, the four-piece are primarily film-makers with cutting-edge video and sound design work under their belts for the likes of The Temper Trap, Penguin Prison and Tricky. For their independent short films they are award winners and regular fixtures at film festivals.

From their base in South East London, a former bank now aptly named ‘bretonLABS’ they can be found capturing and cataloguing a wealth of found sounds which they use in all of their audio-visual work.

A further string to the Breton bow is their remix work which they adopt in order to constantly hone their production skills. Amongst others, tracks by Local Natives, Chapel Club and Maps & Atlases have been re-worked and re-imagined.

Before joining the Fat Cat roster, the band, a fiercely independent D.I.Y. unit released three critically acclaimed EPs - the first a one-sided, hand-etched limited run of only 15 transparent ten-inch records; the second another handmade venture, a limited release of only 50 CDs which were accompanied with parts and instructions for a synthesiser; and the third, a 12” on Hemlock Recordings, the label responsible for pioneering releases by Fantastic Mr Fox, Mount Kimbie and James Blake.
Their much-anticipated live shows sees them shrouded in black hoods manipulating guitars, bass, synths, drums and laptops to create a truly original melee incorporating hip-hop, electronica, cinematic soundscapes. Onstage, they are lit only by the glow of their emphatic self-shot visuals, cut and edited live, in real-time by their touring fifth member.

2011 saw the band support cult hero Tom Vek, on the UK leg of his comeback tour after bonding over their mutual love for studio experimentation, as well as supporting Mercury Award nominee Ghostpoet on his UK tour.

As well as having a busy tour schedule, the band spent a large part of 2011 recording their debut album. In order to allow the band to fully immerse themselves in the creation of their forthcoming release, Fat Cat flew the band to Sundlaugin, the remote Icelandic studio home of Sígur Róssaw. The development of this project is documented in a set of shorts the band has made during their session.

This year the band are embarking upon a tour around UK and Europe, as well as a headline date in NYC, to coincide with the release of their debut album, ‘Other People’s problems’, on 26th March 2012.
Fort Lean
Fort Lean
A voice that sounds as pepperminty as it probably smells is the initial reel for Fort Lean, but their urgent riffs and persistent groove make their take on pop laced with Americana totally infectious.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123