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 “Ships With Holes Will Sink” by We Were Promised Jetpacks from their debut album These Four Walls on FatCat Records.
It comes as no surprise that Glasgow, Scotland, band We Were Promised Jetpacks cite their label mates Frightened Rabbits and The Twilight Sad as influences. On their debut album (on FatCat Records), the band comes across as an impressive combination of the better known bands. Lead singer Adam Thompson brings the same sort of pained holler to his lyrics as The Twilight Sad’s James Graham and the general rhythm and over all sonic feeling of the band leans more towards the sort of melancholy rock of Frightened Rabbits. What We Were Promised Jetpacks do that neither Frightened Rabbits or Twilight Sad attempt is, well, rock. The driving guitars of the band push them out of the range of imitation, and in to their own musical landscape. “Ships With Holes Will Sink” is a fine example of the influences being converted in to an original creation — the rising crescendo, the saddened tinge to both guitar and vocals, but turned up a notch, amped in to a different place.
KEXP grabbed on to WWPJ pretty freakin’ early. In fact, we podcast them over a year ago when they had only a self-released EP that they were giving away at shows. (DJ Shannon saw them live in the UK and brought home the EP for us here.) Since then, they’ve been on the Morning Show with John in New York City this March (you can listen to the performance here), and they’re beginning their first U.S. tour in September, starting with the Monolith Festival in Colorado. They’ll be touring with, you guessed it, Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad, all of whom will be in Seattle at Neumos on September 16, and then following that, at MFNW. Perhaps you’ll hear them live on KEXP again! Be sure to check their MySpace page for updates. For now, enjoy their video for “Quiet Little Voices”: