Music to craft to? CO+K chatted with Glasgow based, We Were Promised Jetpacks to find out about the band.
Who are you and where do you come from?
We are We Were Promised Jetpacks from Glasgow.
Where does your name come from?
We spent ages trying to decide and this is the one we settled on.
Who's in the band and where did you meet?
We're Adam, Sean, Darren and Michael. Ee're all from Edinburgh and met at school, where we starting playing music together.
How would you describe your music?
It's kind of loud and quiet at the same time. It's loud guitars but playing melodies. Hopefully it's pretty heartfelt and soulful too.
What makes your band unique?
We're not sure! We get this question quite a lot and can never answer it properly. Hopefully we are, but it's really difficult to tell from our end. You could argue we're totally unique as it's the four of us playing in a room; or not at all unique as it's essentially pop music!
Who are your musical influences?
Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad, Born Ruffians, The National. Lots of "current" bands, rarely anything old.
Tell us a bit about your current album and the inspirations behind it?
It's called "These Four Walls". We recorded it in late November with Ken and Jolyon Thomas, and it was mixed by Peter Katis. It is our debut album. It's basically all of The songs we had up until this point in our lives. It's all about beginnings and starting points and it's out in june!
Where are your favorite places to tour?
We've only been on one little tour, but we loved Brighton. Our label is based there and we had a lovely day off by the sea. Can't wait to go back there!
Where do you look for inspiration when songwriting?
We write all the music as a band, together in a room. It's usually about making it sound better than the last song we wrote. Well, maybe not "better", but at least more exciting for us. And we sometimes have an idea beforehand, like "lets make this one sound huge" or "lets try and rock out as much as we can". But then they all sound the same in the end anyway!
Are there any ways the band try to be DIY or crafty?
No not at all! We're really bad at that, which is a shame. All the information on the back of our album artwork is handwritten, and we struggled to even do that, we made dlt the artwork guy do it for us! I remember once in school we were supposed to make something in art out of paper, and I made these great glasses. They were just white paper cut out so they sat on my face like glasses do. They were great.
What would you be doing if you weren't in a band?
Very very little. Three of us are still at university, so doing that, and they having a little panic once we leave about having to get a proper job.
What was the last record you bought?
The Sky Larkin album. I've listened to it once and it sounds good. The song "Matador" is glorious.
Hopes and dreams for this year?
That the album does ok, well enough that we get to make another one in a year or so. We're all really looking forward to just being in a band for as long as we can.
What's next for you?
Our first single comes out in May, then our first headline tour in June, with the album release, then some summer festivals. who knows about after that...
Check out the band on their MySpace.