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WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
Opening with a lone guitar line that itself has all the momentum of entire genres crammed into a single set of chords, We Were Promised Jetpacks’ 2009 release of These Four Walls signifies a debut album that has the sort of peerlessness and potential to stand as a mainstay and luminary of indie music in the 21st century. Here we are 10 years later.
To be really blunt about it, the musical vehicle known as “the band” falls into one of two distinct categories. On the left hand side are the experimental groups, fiddling their way through vast walls of sound and into the ears of record-store employees. Opposing them on the right are the groups with their sights set squarely on the mainstream.
There’s also a rare breed, however: the band who on the precipice of both worlds, adept at experimenting yet capable of doing so in a way that is couched in classic pop songwriting. Nirvana are perhaps the best example of this, having spearheaded a new genre into homes around the globe. Then there’s the Velvet Underground and My Bloody Valentine, two unapologetically individual yet interminably classic groups.
“They write in the pop song tradition but they’re doing something interesting with it,” explains Chris McCrory, frontman of Catholic Action, of the latter two artists. The band are releasing their debut album In Memory Of and it exists on a similar plane to these unique groups – accessible yet riddled with depth, structured with pop intentions but detailed with darker, more immersive tones. In a way, the album is both a breath of life and the last gasp before death.