Song of the Day: We Were Promised Jetpacks - Quiet Little Voices


photo by Neil Thomas Douglas

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Quiet Little Voices by We Were Promised Jetpacks from the 2007 self-released, self-titled EP.

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Quiet Little Voices (MP3)

How many seconds did it take for you to get hooked on this song? OK, maybe I’m a sucker for catchy, tension-building guitar/bass lines. Regardless this Glaswegian quartet is full of them. Perhaps this track is an unfair reference, being their regular concert closer and catalyst for indie kid pant-wetting. But it doesn’t end here. If those bright, jagged guitars don’t get you, the throbbing, often dominant drum rolls will. There are definite similarities to Interpol, but We Were Promised Jetpacks keep it danceable and easygoing, leaving any bravado by the wayside. Singer Adam Thompson is equally capable of conjuring Paul Banks one minute and an emotional Robert Smith/Bono crossbreed the next. I apologize for any crossbreeding imagery currently traversing your synapses. Thompson’s soaring vocals often find themselves in friendly competition with the instrumentation around him, highlighting the worth of each individual band member. Don’t let a full package like this fall off your radar. See another side of the band by watching this acoustic performance shot a couple weeks ago in Glasgow:

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7 Comments

  1. Paige Beals
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    How do I buy this song and ep? I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks.

  2. Posted August 9, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    As of yet, the EP has only been available at their shows, but you can expect something from them in the not too distant future.

  3. fred
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    They are great!

  4. Father Goose
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    They are about to record their first album - due for release early next year on Fatcat records and yes they are great.

  5. Maesma
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    What’s the latest on this release....I gotta have this!

  6. Kingism
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I L-O-V-E the acoustic show!
    When will they release an unplugged version?!

  7. Eric
    Posted March 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Set to release May 9th, 2009...its gonna be a great cd

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