We Were Promised Jetpacks
In The Pit Of The Stomach
a gripping new album that bears testimony to the poise, control, confidence & vigour the band now command.
after receiving huge critical acclaim for ‘these four walls’, we were promised jetpacks return with their sophomore album, a collection of gutsy, pounding, swelling, cathartic anthems that are very much scottish. recorded in sigur ros’ famous pool studio in the frozen wilds of iceland & mixed by peter katis (interpol, frightened rabbit, the national & the twilight sad), this record shows just how far the band have come & indeed, how much more they have to offer. “tightens the craggy fuzz of their first, revealing twisty post-punk songs with chewy pop centres. only a couple of songs on 2009's ‘these four walls’ invited shout-alongs; this time they're everywhere, from crashing opener ‘circles & squares" ("life in a coma could be quite fun!") to the bouncy ‘medicine’ ("is this about me now?") to dirge-y death ballad ’act on impulse’. it's lyrically sombre, no doubt, but ultimately redemptive -- like a healing calm after the storm” 8/10 - spin.