We Were Promised Jetpacks soars into House Cafe

By Ross Hettel

If you were to judge a band based on it’s name alone, We Were Promised Jetpacks would be ranked right up there with Butthole Surfers.

Much like the Butthole Surfers, WWPJ, a four-piece rock outfit from Scotland, take its greatness beyond its band name.

WWPJ will play 9 p.m Thursday at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway.

What stands out most about the band on first listen is vocalist Adam Thompson’s Scottish accent, but what will pull you in is the clean, rhythmic guitar building up into a wall of distortion and drums. The lyrics are simple yet meaningful phrases, repeated over again with increasing tension, until Thompson is bellowing them over frantically strummed instruments and crashing cymbals.

Wikipedia lists them under the genre of “post-punk revival” but no one really knows what that means, so think of them like Explosions in the Sky with vocals and regular song lengths.

Their 2009 debut album, “These Four Walls”, was received well by critics and reached No. 27 on the US Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. In the Pit of the Stomach, their latest album, builds upon the same instant classic success, but it’s now darker and slightly louder.

John Ugolini of Kickstand Productions said that the show is selling very well, so make sure to get your tickets before the show. Tickets are $12 ahead of time and $14 at the door.