We Were Promised Jetpacks “Ships with Holes Will Sink”

By One Track Mind on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009  |  5,408 views


We Were Promised Jetpacks “Ships with Holes Will Sink” We Were Promised Jetpacks “Ships with Holes Will Sink”

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Intensity–that’s the defining trait on “Ships with Holes Will Sink,” the first single from We Were Promised Jetpacks‘ upcoming debut full-length.

Whether it’s in reference to the lyrics (the opening lines are “I think I died this time / Suffered bullet holes and stab wounds in my side”), Darren Lackie’s drumstick-shattering, hard pounding beats, or the soaring grit of Adam Thompson’s vocals, fury and ferociousness are definitely not in short supply on this track. Although the Edinburgh foursome have youth on their side–the average member being just old enough to order a pint here in the States–their sound is cohesive and polished, their “inexperience” simply translating into an abundance of well-tapped energy.

“Ships with Holes Will Sink” has a pleasantly meandering quality that pairs well with the sense of emotional energy present throughout. One can practically see the sweat dripping off Thompson during the song’s mini-crescendos; although he ends the song with a refrain beginning, “We tapered off,” you know he cannot be singing about himself or his bandmates.

While the pieces present here aren’t too startling in and of themselves, it is their configuration that makes the song so successful. WWPJ share a lot in common with the soaring passion of some of their FatCat labelmates and also borrow heavily from the contemporary sounds of British indie acts of the past few years. However, it is to their credit that it all sounds fresh coming from their instruments.

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Whirlygig Says:

    I simultaneously really like this song and wonder how much I would enjoy forty minutes of this. But this track is a winner.

  2. Josh Says:

    Eh. Vocals are a bit loud and abrasive for my taste.

  3. ali scott Says:

    too emo for my taste

  4. Sam Says:

    Reminiscent of the Kooks. Bueno.

  5. Vi Says:

    I dont really see much Kooks, and its just emo-ish enough for me
    Loving it from the first listen

  6. Alexandra Says:

    Actually I adore this song. I’ve only heard one of their songs and love it as well but compared to that song, “Ships With Holes Will Sink” has a more raw sound. Personally, I wouldn’t call it emo but I like how the singer’s voice lingers as he shouts out the lyrics.