Concert Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks

Praying for jetpacks
  • Praying for jetpacks

Anyone hoping to hear the Scottish brogue of indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Grog Shop on Friday didn't leave the show disappointed. Even though frontman Adam Thompson spoke only four sentences during the band’s short set, the packed audience didn’t mind.

Thompson — whose Glasgow accent was evident on nearly every song — even let the crowd sing the choruses of “Roll Up Your Sleeves” and “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightening,” as he bent over his guitar.

Bear Hands and The Lonely Forest opened the show. Jetpacks drummer Darren Lackie gave a nod to the former by wearing a yellow Bear Hands T-shirt during his band's set.

While audience interaction isn’t the Jetpacks' strongest suit, it’s didn't make them any less potent onstage. Many fans sang along with most of the songs ("A Far Cry” from the band's new EP, The Last Place You’ll Look was the only song that seemed to stump them).

Forty minutes into their set, Thompson said, “We’re going to play two more songs. This is one of them,” and launched into “Ships With Holes Will Sink,” whose crashing chorus prompted synchronized jumping and a faux mosh pit.

A line from the night's last song, “Short Bursts,” turned out to be prophetic: “We’ll leave before our blood will hit the floor,” sang Thompson. And with that, the high-energy Grog audience (somewhat surprisingly) let the Jetpacks fly off without an encore. —Crystal Pirri

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