We Were Promised Jetpacks

In The Pit Of The Stomach
Fatcat Records

This second album from Edinburgh quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks is aptly named; their aggressive brand of indie rock delivers a bracing blow. Predominantly up-tempo, and heavy on the drums, it’s perfect if you’re looking for something to energise you in the morning. Think Razorlight or Franz Ferdinand, then crank it up a few notches.

Those who prefer their music toned down and tuneful, though, may find the album a little too “pit of the stomach” for comfort. While things briefly take a gentler turn on Act on Impulse and Pear Tree, it’s never quite enough to allow you to catch your breath. Instead, you’re on a knife edge, waiting for the next crescendo of percussion and guitars.

Even fans of subtlety, however, will enjoy Adam Thompson’s lead vocals – textured enough to balance out the tempestuous backing – and the band’s growing reputation really speaks for itself. With a major UK tour in October, and having supported such big-hitters as Jimmy Eat World, they’re clearly a force to be reckoned with. www.wewerepromisedjetpacks.com

Grace Henderson