Vor kurzem veröffentlichten die jungen Schotten von We Were Promised Jetpacks nach einer Wartezeit, die etwas länger als gedacht war, ihr mittlerweile zweites Album „In The Pit Of The Stomach“. Darauf zeigten sie sich ein wenig rockiger als auf ihrem Debüt aber vor allem auch deutlich reifer und erwachsener. Das zeigte sich vor allem darin, dass die Band nicht versucht hat das nächste „Quiet Little Voices“ zu erschaffen, sondern sich auch einmal raus nimmt die Songs ein klein wenig unzugänglicher zu machen, damit sie sich vielleicht auch erst beim zweiten Hinhören richtig erschließen.
Die Hintergründe zur Weiterentwicklung ihres Sounds und weitere Fragen zum Album beantworteten uns We Were Promised Jetpacks in einem kurzen Interview kurz vor ihrem Konzert in Köln im September.
You had a lot of success with your debut album „These Four Walls“. Did you expect this?
No, not at all.
How did you experience the time since the release of it?
It’s been great. We’ve been to play in some unbelievable places and we’ve managed to play with some fantastic bands.
On the last Fat Cat Tour you supported The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit. Now you are headlining. How would you explain your success?
I think it’s all down to the freakish strength of our drummer.
How was your experience recording „In The Pit Of The Stomach“ different from recording „These Four Walls“?
It was completely different. We spent 3 weeks doing this album whereas we spent 8 days recording These Four Walls. We knew exactly who we wanted to work with and we spent the whole summer recording demos and working on the tracks. Everything was better.
You recorded the album in Iceland in the Sigur Ros studio. What was it like?
The studio was amazing. The live room is a converted swimming pool so you have to go down steps to get in to it. We stayed in a village about 45 minutes from Reykjavik so it kind of felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. It was quite strange using equipment that had Sigur Ros written all over it.
Your songs have become much rockier, more noisy and maybe a bit more confident. What inspired you to change directions a bit?
I think it was just from playing so many gigs that we realised what kind of songs we enjoyed playing live. We obviously didn’t want an album filled with songs that we weren’t going to enjoy touring.
What would you say is the main difference between your two records?
The recording, production, mixing and mastering is better.
You seem to be mostly singing about personal topics. Did you ever think of writing about political or public issues that bother you?
No i don’t think adam is interested in writing about anything like that. He keeps it personal. I’ve no idea what he’s singing about
Young Scottish bands often drop the name WWPJ as an inspiration nowadays. Which Scottish band inspired you the most?
With your second album out in about one month you could say you are established in the music scene. Which advice would you give to bands before recording their debut?
Do as much preparation as possible. Work with people you are comfortable with. Make sure it’s not rubbish.
You have spent a lot of time on the road the last few years. What was your best and your worst experience?
One of our best experiences was doing the tour with Jimmy Eat World. We got to play in really nice theatres every night and got to try out a lot of new material. We were off stage by 8:30 or 9 every night so there was a lot of time to have fun after.
How much does touring America differ from touring Europe in aspects of venues and people?
There is a lot more ham and cheese in Europe. It’s quite hard to compare them, they are both pretty big. You get some nice big venues and some dive bars. No one can understand Adam in America or Europe. They are quite similar.
What are you up to next?
We are on our way to Chicago now. We have 2 weeks left on this US tour. Then we go home for a couple weeks then we have a week long UK tour and then we are home for Christmas.
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