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We Were Promised Jetpacks Share New Track ‘If It Happens’ + Announce 7″ Single out 29th June via Big Scary Monsters

April 23, 2021

We Were Promised Jetpacks
share new track ‘If It Happens’
Plus announce 7” single
Out 29th June via Big Scary Monsters

Heralded Scottish rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks today share brand new single ‘If It Happens’, and announce a 7” featuring the track to be released via Big Scary Monsters on June 29th. The new track signifies a change in musical direction for the band. ‘If It Happens’ is all at once grand yet restrained – sonically reflective of its lyrical examination of the bigger picture of life and how that can be boiled down to a simple phrase; “If it happens, it happens.” Lead singer Adam Thompson explains:
“I feel that ‘If It Happens’ expresses a lot about what I had been trying to get across to myself. It was all part of my new mindset of trying to be more positive about what I have and not always thinking about what I don’t. It’s about embracing the idea of happiness, doing what you can to encourage it and generally be a lot more ‘c’est la vie’ about everything. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. What can you do?”

Blankets of shimmering textures immediately emerge to form the formidable and mighty structure of this release, the instrumentation brings this gargantuan feel to the formation and then suddenly an abrupt change in atmosphere that welcomes the essential melody and dominating vocal harmony. We Were Promised Jetpacks continue to craft the finest soundscapes and the importance of their crucial tone, immediate gritty bass rhythms, and soaring guitar notes. The outfit draws these raw lyrics into the creation which the audience can so easily connect with, the expressive landscape continues to develop with the assistance of layered elements, delicate hooks, and bold drum beats. The vocal melodies give such an infectious attitude within the ensemble. Addictive riffs play into the commendable passages and offer such a compelling motion to the vision. We Were Promised Jetpacks continue to thrive!
Since releasing 2018’s ‘The More I Sleep The Less I Dream’, We Were Promised Jetpacks’ Adam Thompson, Sean Smith and Darren Lackie have embraced change head-on. Amicably parting ways with founding member Michael Palmer the following year, they knew they would likely need to go through a sonic transition. 
Entering 2020 as a trio with a handful of songs written and a successful US tour under their belts, the world around them came to a sudden halt. Yet despite the unquestionable uncertainty that the lockdown brought, it also proved to be a blessing in disguise. Fifteen years into their career, the trio are more focussed than ever.
With versions of this song being passed between the band members remotely, they found the collaborative process engaging and rewarding. “Writing together this way allowed us to stay in contact all the time, talk about the song and what we were individually and collectively trying to achieve with it. Even though we were unable to be in the same room, this way of working allowed us to create together and communicate more directly,” says Adam. “Having music to focus on during lockdown assured us that we wanted to keep writing songs together for many more years.”
“We’re all very appreciative of the people who are listening to us,” Darren says. “It pushes us to keep getting better.” Nodding to both the band and their ever-loyal fans, Adam agrees. “It is very much our band, and we do this because we can do it together.”

New track from We Were Promised Jetpacks available to buy as a special limited edition 7” vinyl this June, pre-order https://orcd.co/ifithappens

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