Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Act On Impulse

I've come to learn that if you're a band from Scotland, you already have something going for you. There must be something in the water or the whiskey up there, because the country has spawned some of my absolute favorite bands of all time. Glasgow's We Were Promised Jetpacks are ready to unleash their sophomore effort, In the Pit of the Stomach, sometime in early October on FatCat Records. Matching the electric energy and overall awesomeness behind the band's 2010 debut, These Four Walls, is going to be a tough endeavor, but after hearing a cut from the album, I think it's going to be more than possible.

With a band like WWPJ, you worry that the band might try and expand their sound, trick things up a bit, or go entirely out into left field, ending up with a bigger identity crisis than Superman (did I just seriously use that reference?). Fortunately, Act on Impulse builds on what makes We Were Promised Jetpacks so lovable in the first place. The song boasts the band's trademark Scottish melding of post-punk and indie rock, with its head-bobbing crescendos and droney shoegaze-like buildups. It's a very cool entry in the WWPJ catalog, and doesn't lose any of the raw power of the old material. Still, Act on Impulse doesn't feel like it would fit comfortably on These Four Walls. I think the Scots may have a pleasantly surprising second album right around the corner. Download Act on Impulse.

Act On Impulse - We Were Promised Jetpacks

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