We Were Promised Jetpacks
share powerful new track + video; Repeating Patterns
First album in four years, The More I Sleep the Less I Dream, out via Big Scary Monsters on 14th September
ALBUM PRE-ORDER: http://tinyurl.com/WWPJsleep
Extensive autumn/winter tour also announced throughout UK / EU / USA (dates below)
Scottish rock bastions We Were Promised Jetpacks have shared energetic new single and accompanying video for Repeating Patterns – a powerful dose of angular indie rock.
The revered group recently teased news of a brand-new album, their first in four years, to be released on 14th September via their new label Big Scary Monsters and are also due to embark upon an enormous tour in the UK, EU and US throughout September, October and November (dates below).
Speaking of the new track, the band say: “Repeating Patterns is one of the first songs we wrote for this album. It’s been getting a great reception at our shows and has become a really important song for us. Our goal when recording was to not tame it and keep it as raw and raucous as it is live.
“We only first saw the video a few days ago and we absolutely love it. Thanks to Mathew Marchlewski, Adam Keene, Poppy Garcia & Ashley Spencer for making such a perfect video. We hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoy playing it.”
The More I Sleep The Less I Dream marks a new chapter in We Were Promised Jetpacks’ career. It’s about going back to the heart of who they are, a high school band that never stopped. It’s about four people who have grown up together, making a conscious choice to keep writing music and seeing where that takes them.
“The album is so much about us going back to our basics and relying on our instincts.” Mike says. “There’s a range of songs that span everything we do as a band, and we’re the connection between them. It feels like this album is us.”
The musicians connected with producer Jonathan Low (The National, Sufjan Stevens, Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs) and were inspired by his approach to their vision and his grounded style. After making their prior albums in England, Scotland and Iceland, it felt like a good opportunity to try crafting songs in the U.S. The album was recorded over the course of five weeks at Minor Street in Philadelphia and Long Pond in New York’s Hudson Valley in early 2018.
First emerging a group of 20-year-olds in 2009, with their exciting debut These Four Walls, the four members went on to release two further widely lauded albums throughout their ‘20s, 2011’s In the Pit of the Stomach and 2014’s Unravelling. Each band member turned 30 during the making of new album The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream, and felt like vastly different people to the four 20-year-olds that they were when they first started releasing music.
Having spent ten years almost consistently writing and touring, it was time to decamp home to Scotland and take a breath. They reverted back to their original four members and dealt with several behind the scenes changes. They celebrated a few marriages and tried to remember who they were when not on the road. A decision was made. No more touring until a new album had been written.
09.19 – Portland, ME @ Portland City Music Hall
09.20 – Porstmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
09.21 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
09.22 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
09.23 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
09.25 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
09.26 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
09.27 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
09.28 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
09.29 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10.01 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
10.02 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
10.03 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
10.04 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10.05 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo
10.06 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
10.08 – Chico, CA @ The Big Room
10.09 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
10.11 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10.12 – San Diego, CA @ Irenic
10.13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
10.15 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
10.16 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10.17 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10.18 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues – The Parish
10.19 – Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds
10.20 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10.22 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10.23 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club
10.24 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
10.26 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10.27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
10.28 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10.29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
11.14 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Lemon Tree
11.15 – Glasgow, UK @ Saint Luke’s
11.17 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Old Dr Bells Bath
11.18 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11.19 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
11.21 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
11.22 – Luxembourg City, LU @ Rotondes
11.23 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
11.24 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
11.26 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea
11.27 – Graz, AT @ Orpheum
11.28 – Munich, DE @ Ampere
11.29 – Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
11.30 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
12.1 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet