We Were Promised Jetpacks have been around since 2003 but didn't release their debut album until 2009. Since then, they have released three albums with Unravelling being the most recent (released October 6th of last year)... but only three songs from the new album was played ("A Part of It", "Safety in Numbers", and "Peaks and Troughs", with the rest of the set making up from their other two albums. Even with three albums and international success, these guys have stayed true to the music and proved that last week.
There were no flashy outfits, no spectacular light show, there was nothing to distract you from the talent of the band and honestly, that was more than enough to keep your mind occupied.
The Scottish band made the music look effortless as they seamlessly switched from song to song. Unless you were really paying attention, it was hard to notice the actually complexity of the arrangement. There was a lot of back and forth between bass and guitar embellishments that, again, if you weren't watching, you would have missed.
The sole encore song (not written on their setlist) was an old and classic WWPJ song, "It's Thunder and It's Lightning", taken from their debut These Four Walls (Fat Cat Records).
Although the music of the night was calm and soothing, there was still more than enough energy radiating from the stage. Between both Seoul, the opener, and WWPJ, the crowd was more than happy to spend the chilly Thursday night in Dinky Town.
Remaining tour dates:
11.16 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11.17 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
11.19 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American
11.20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
11.21 - San Diego, CA @ Irenic
11.22 - Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
11.24 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
11.25 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
11.27 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
11.28 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
11.29 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
12.01 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12.02 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
12.04 - Charlottesville, VA @ Southern
12.05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
12.06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
12.07 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
We Were Promised Jetpacks at Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (12 Nov 2015)