who promised these guys jetpacks?



OK, so I stole the title of this post from a comment left on Brooklyn Vegan announcing the tour for We Were Promised Jetpacks and Bad Veins (with Royal Bangs for select dates).  It made me laugh.

Scottish indie rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks started gaining recognition when touring with label mates Frightened Rabbit in late 2008 and then debuting their album These Four Walls in June 2009.  Sounding a lot like Frightened Rabbit – one of my favorite bands – with that amazing accent and emotionally explosive lyrics and music, WWPJ immediately strikes a chord, especially with the songs “It’s Thunder And It’s Lightening” and “Quiet Little Voices.”

Bad Veins, who played the first-ever forthebeat showcase in April 2009, are good friends of ours, and we’re excited to see them hit the road with WWJP and Royal Bangs, to complete an impressive line-up.  The Cincinnati-based, indie pop duo, comprised of Benjamin Davis (vocals, guitar, keys), Sebastien Schultz (drums) and a 1973 reel-to-reel named Irene, debuted their first full-length and self-titled album to critical acclaim in July 2009, garnering spaces on last year’s “Best of…” lists, including ABC News Amplified‘s “Top 10 Albums of 2009” and USA Today’s Pop Candy “Top 20 Songs of 2009.”  Stand out songs are “Go Home,” “The Lie” and “Found.”

We Were Promised Jetpacks – It’s Thunder And It’s Lightning

Bad Veins – Go Home

Here are the tour dates – you should probably come to a show…

2/11 | The Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY *
2/12 | First Unitarian Church | Philadelphia, PA
2/13 | Rock and Roll Hotel | Washington, DC *
2/14 | The Middle East | Cambridge, MA
2/15 | The Knitting Factory | Brooklyn NY
2/17 | Casbah @ The Tremont Music Hall | Charlotte, NC
2/18 | The Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
2/19 | The End | Nashville, TN
2/20 | Maxine’s Pub | Hot Springs, AR
2/21 | Hailey’s | Denton, TX

* without Royal Bangs