We Were Promised Jetpacks soar at the Varsity
|Photo by Neil Thomas Douglas|
Thompson has such a clear, resonant voice, and he often would sing spiritedly into the air without the aid of the microphone, with his vocals continuing to ring true throughout the theater. It elevated their straightforward songs considerably, as well as giving them life and passion. There are clear anthems within WWPJ's catalog, but most of their numbers are slow-building tracks filled with short bursts of energy. Good thing too, since when an audience member called out for 10 more songs, Thompson joked, "No way. I"m a big guy, I'm lucky I've made it this far through the tour."
And with that the band tore through their last two songs of the night, prefaced by Thompson explaining that there wouldn't be any encore "because going backstage to hide for two minutes was stupid." The potent "Ships With Holes Will Sink" proved to be my favorite song of the night, and explosive set closer "Short Bursts" allowed the band to lose themselves a bit amidst the feedback and Thompson's unamplified wails. And, as promised, there wasn't any encore, and quite frankly none was needed. The bands compact, volatile set proved that not only is These Four Walls one of the better UK rock records released recently, but also that we will clearly be hearing more from We Were Promised Jetpacks as they continue to grow into their sound.