On We Were Promised Jetpacks’ ‘These Four Walls’ the band’s youthful energy explodes thunderously as colossal choruses fall unfailingly into place. Every space is filled, tension bristling achingly in Thompson’s vocal delivery as the rest of the band crashes around him with a perfect balance of force and harmony.
The romanticism and accessibility of a pure pop sensibility is never hidden too deep. Both ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ and lead-off single ‘Quiet Little Voices’ capture this beautifully and immediately. The product of Ken and Jolyon Thomas’ (Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins, David Bowie etc.) studio mastery and Peter Katis’ (Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, The National etc.) mixing, the recording of ‘These Four Walls’ was almost entirely live, with only minimal overdubs, and the band members’ collected passion and intuition is translated into a pure, precise form.
“Intense.” - The Fly; “Blistering post-punk anthems of the highest pedigree” - Q; “Euphoric melodies and lyrical defiance.” - Clash; “Conquering heroes” - Daily Record.
It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning
Ships with Holes Will Sink
Roll Up Your Sleeves
A Half Built House
This is My House, This is My Home
Quiet Little Voices
Moving Clocks Run Slow
An Almighty Thud