We Were Promised Jetpacks and Man of Moon – The Garage, Aberdeen – 17/09/14
A midweek gig for Stupid Girl at a rare gig at The Garage, Aberdeen.
Hailing from Edinburgh originally We Were Promised Jetpacks brought another young Indie band with them, Man of Moon. Walking into The Garage I must admit I thought they were just an amateur noise but they grew on me. The lead singer and guitarist, Chris Bainbridge, had obvious talent and was well supported by his band member, Mikey Reid. The quality of the songs wavered through the short set but they ended with a strong song which sounded well polished “Waiting for this Day to come”. Including what sounded like a synthesiser it had a strong drum beat and good melody.
Next up was the main act and too many young lads with guitars for such a small stage appropriately had a song which seemed to be called “too many” to start and which had the crowd calling for more. We Were Promised Jetpacks are loud, proud and crowd pleasing. Their fans seem to be loyal and faithful – and included some local musicians spotted in the crowd.
Adam Thompson, the lead singer, apologised that their new (third) album wasn’t ready in time for this tour, as it was intended to but hoped we enjoyed the new songs anyway. There was a mixture of new and old and a variety across their songs that is not always found in modern bands; from a raving mod beat with lots of energy, to a tribal sounding throb, to a relaxed instrumental with gentle lyrics in the middle that seemed to have a Proclaimers influence, the songs kept coming, and gaining interest. A new song which sounded like it was called Disconnected had a huge long building crescendo, which then went down into soft lyrics. It grabbed at your ears and heart and pulled you with it, not letting go until it ended..and the next song began. The audience seemed quite staid throughout, although some of the music was fun and bouncy looking across the room there were just a few bouncing heads, which seemed like a wasted opportunity. Perhaps their fan base are too cool to bounce with wild abandon, as felt justified. We were also left without an encore but perhaps that was down to the venue and timing.
All in all this first time of attending a WWPJ gig certainly shouldn’t be my last.
Words by Stupid Girl, pics by Still Burning.
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