We Were Promised Jetpacks, an indie rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland, recently visited the Charm City for a performance at Baltimore Soundstage as part of their current tour through the United States, and Parklife DC was on hand to capture images and take in the show.
Formed back in 2003 and taking the stage together for the first time at a high school battle of the bands competition, where they were victorious, We Were Promised Jetpacks gained steam and become one of the most popular acts in their home country, eventually touring with one of their primary influences and one of Scotland’s most heralded bands, Frightened Rabbit.
We Were Promised Jetpacks has continued to build its brand with a sharp and powerful blend of punk-style guitar and intense, hollering vocals provided by head singer Adam Thompson. Early in their careers, they befriend Frightened Rabbit, and members of that band helped WWPJ land a deal with Fat Cat Records. The band went on to release three LPs under the label and has toured extensively, building a consistent following outside of Scotland.
The band’s fourth album, The More I Sleep The Less I Dream, was released in September 2018 on the label Big Scary Monsters and was produced in Philadelphia by Jonathan Low, known for his work with The National, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, and others.
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Traditionally comprised of Thompson, bass player Sean Smith, and drummer Darren Lackie, We Were Promised Jetpacks announced late last summer that Andy Monaghan, a longtime member of Frightened Rabbit, was taking over on lead guitar for the tour that brought them to Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 8, where they played to a packed venue.
Here are some photos of We Were Promised Jetpacks performing at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 8, 2020. All photos copyright and courtesy of Casey Vock.