Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is “Act on Impulse” by We Were Promised Jetpacks from the 2011 album from In The Pit Of The Stomach on FatCat Records.
Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks burst onto the international scene in 2009 with the release of their debut, These Four Walls. Part indie rock, part post-punk, and all explosive catharsis, Walls was universally critically acclaimed and sold over 40,000 copies. Drawing comparisons to Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad, the former of which they joined on tour in 2008. They’ve also brought their melancholic, punk-infused rock to audiences for The Lonely Forest and Jimmy Eat World. Now, they’re finally returning to the fore with In the Pit of the Stomach, and “Act on Impulse” is their latest single. Unlike the title, the track itself is a slow burner of melodic riffs entwining with building percussion and murmured vocals that gets under your skin and simmers until you can’t get it out of your bloodstream.
We Were Promised Jetpacks will be in Seattle on Tuesday, November 15th at Neumos with Royal Bangs and Bear Hands, and they’ll be performing LIVE ON KEXP that day at 1PM!
You can find out more about the band on their Facebook page. For now, here’s the video for the band’s first single, “Medicine”: