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We Were Promised Jetpacks at Lee's Palace

We Were Promised Jetpacks at Lee's Palace
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Breton
Lee's Palace
April 27, 2012

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Last Friday, a rowdy crowd filled Lee's Palace as indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks blasted through the city.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Despite being a personal favourite for quite some time, I've never gotten the timing right to catch We Were Promised Jetpacks during their previous visits to the city. Fortunately, luck changed last week, when the band touched down for a full house at Lee's Palace, where true fans turned up in no short supply to see how the Scottish four-piece would offer up their small discography on stage.

You see, small though it might be, We Were Promised Jetpacks' catalogue is all heart and balls. And, with a band offering up recorded work that's this damned passionate, there's an extra level of scrutiny when they play live for audiences spoiled by the polishing of studio production. But, while there have been mixed reviews from their last times passing through the city, there was nothing questionable about the heights of the latest performance by this gem from indie powerhouse FatCat Records. Of course, the strength of the show shouldn't be terribly surprising - an act that can create such fiery music would likely have plenty of fire outside of the studio.

Although We Were Promised Jetpacks released their sophomore lp In The Pit Of The Stomach in October of last year, most of the crowd's favourites on Friday seemed to come by way of These Four Walls - an effort that launched the group into success in 2009 after six years of chomping at the bit. From the first track on the set-list “It's Thunder And It's Lightning”, these favourites had the crowd giving lead Adam Thompson some strong competition as they roared along (mostly by way of singing along, but sadly also by way of chatter at the quietest point of “Pear Tree” where Thompson's shushing eventually evolved to a good-natured “Shut the fuck up!”).

For what it's worth, renditions from the new album did in fact stand strong with those from its brother on Friday, with tunes like the big and beautiful “Sore Thumb” rolling in all it's semi-post-rock glory alongside more vocal hits like “Quiet Little Voices” and “Short Bursts” that had fans singing so loudly and bouncing so much that it seemed to even surprise the band. They'd likely be even more surprised if they understood how hard it can be to get a Toronto audience to come out of its shell. But, when you combine the passions in their songs with the strength of this show, it'd only make sense for fans to let loose. And, while a select fan sadly let loose with some hostility on our photographer, the crowd was all in all just beaming and thrilled and full of energy, and the worst this writer suffered was standing beside one girl dancing like a Julia Louis-Dreyfus understudy. But hell, when you have a group like We Were Promised Jetpacks ripping their hearts out on stage and offering them up to us, a dance step or two in return is only fair.

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Breton

With one band being removed from the bill with little warning, Breton's set time was thrown off course, and the writer in our duo showed up just in time to see the group saying their goodbyes. Massive disappointment ensued. Our photographer, however, was on the ball, and snapped the shots below while the act was on-stage.

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