As I’m oft to do, I’ve created yet another theme/segment/motif/whatever here at MMMMM, which I’ve called simply, “Amazing Band Names”.  The first featured artist is We Were Promised Jetpacks, a Scottish four-piece which has been playing together since 2003, but just recently recorded their debut album and a follow-up EP in June 2009 and March 2010 respectively.

As you may have guessed from the title, I love this band name.  It’s catchy and playful, yet alludes to a deeper meaning.  I’ve always thought of it as a quotation from one’s inner child crying out, wondering what happened to all of its dreams.  “Why did our teachers lie to us when they said we could be anything we wanted to be?  Why am I not a professional baseball (or rugby) player?  Where is our brave new futuristic world with flying cars?  Where are our jetpacks?  WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS!”  Unlike it’s adolescent cousin, teenage angst, this yearning for an unrealized future doesn’t manifest itself in an outwardly angry and screaming way, rather, its emotion is more mature and introspective.

These emotions present themselves nicely in the opening songs to We Were Promised Jetpacks‘ debut album and EP.  Both “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning” (off of the debut), and “A Far Cry” (off of the EP), are moody, layered songs which start as simple, reflective, vocal-driven melodies, before building into a guitar-pounding, cymbal-crashing, vocal chord-destroying amalgam of sounds and emotions.  Absolutely stunning.

[mp3] We Were Promised Jetpacks – It’s Thunder And It’s Lightning
We Were Promised Jetpacks – A Far Cry