Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Interview - We Were Promised Jetpacks - 6.6.13 - Hard Rock Cafe - Show Preview - Concert Preview

We Were Promised Jetpacks will be making another appearance back in the burgh Thursday, June 6th at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Edinburgh, Scotland quartet play a brand of indie rock that is in close resemblance to their label mates Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit (two bands who have traveled through our fair city). They played here almost three years ago at Mr Smalls and put on a fabulous show of which you can read our review here. Again the band was kind enough to answer a few of our questions with regards to what they have planned in the coming year, progress on new material and their song writing process.

I saw you are planning to release a live album later this year. What should we expect? Are these outtakes of live shows? Behind the scenes of travel, green rooms and the like? Or?

We are indeed! it's the audio and video of show we recorded in philadelphia a while ago. we're still putting together everything, but it's coming along nicely! i like the idea of outtakes in the same way that tv shows put outtakes on dvds. just endless takes of us fucking up and laughing about it. we should do that instead.

Your last album was released back in 2011. Should we expect any new material soon?

Probably. it all depends on your interpretation of "soon". we're working hard though, don't worry!

How are crowds responding to your new material? I am assuming you will be testing this to our US audiences?

we've only got one new song that we play and we've been doing it for about a year. people responded really well to that, though! recently we've been saving up the new ones. we'd like to play a few on this coming tour, but we don't want to rush them. not rushing is kind of a motto this time round.

What have you all been up to the past few years since your previous albums? Are you working on other projects? Or were you just taking a break?

Well we played a lot of shows when the album came out in 2011, then played loads more all through 2012. so we took a couple of months at the start of the year to recharge and get excited again, then started writing.

How does your songwriting process work? Do you enlist others to assist with lyrics/structure? Or does one of you bring the lyrics to the table and then you workaround that?

The lyrics are always last. adam will bring a guitar part to the room, maybe a couple of parts (this for the verse, this for the chorus for example) then we all jam together and work out a rough structure and try and figure out what we want the song to be. then once we have the idea and know what we want we'll just play it together over and over. the lyrics are usually last!

What are your upcoming goals? What would you like to accomplish?

To make another album. always to be able to make another album. and to make just enough money from it that we don't feel like we're going to become pathetic 30 year olds who have to ask their parents to buy them things. those are the two! 

What made you want to dedicate your life to music? Was there a show or album?

Like probably 90% of other bands, it was not wanting to have to get a proper job. that and basically just feeling like we could. if we have a bash at this maybe we'll be lucky enough to get away with it for a while? maybe nobody will notice that's what's happening until it's too late to kick us out?

Anything you would like to say to Pittsburgh?

Erm, hello! uhhh not really. we like pittsburgh, though it's pronounced "pitts-burg" which is one of the reasons people from america (understandably) have trouble pronouncing where we're from, edinburgh. it looks the same at the end, but it's not. we say "edin-bu-ruh". so i guess what i'm saying is that we hold you guys pretty much responsible for that.

Show begins at 8p with tickets only $13 and can be found here

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