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We Were Promised Jetpacks with Girls Punch Bears
October 6 • 8:00 pm• $14 – $16
On Saturday, October 6, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks backs to the WOW Hall along with Eugene’s own Girls Punch Bears.
Scottish rock mainstays We Were Promised Jetpacks (Darren Lackie – drums; Michael Palmer – guitar; Sean Smith – bass; Adam Thompson – vocals, guitar) are touring North America in support of their new album The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream. First emerging as a group of 20-year-olds in 2009, with their exciting debut These Four Walls, the four members went on to release two further widely lauded albums throughout their ‘20s, 2011’s In the Pit of the Stomach and 2014’s Unravelling. Each band member recently turned 30 and felt like vastly different people to the four 20-year-olds that they were when they first started releasing music. After they finished touring 2014’s Unravelling, the band decamped home to Scotland and took a breath. A decision was made. No more touring until a new album had been written. It wasn’t until early 2018 that they finally felt they had a collection of songs they were proud of, but only after taking a few wrong turns along the way. “We scrapped probably a full album,” Adam says. “Something just felt off about them.” So instead of focusing on external expectations, they decided to write for themselves. To write songs that made them happy. “The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream” was one of the first songs to help shift the band in the right direction. From there, they focused on making sure each song was fully realized before even thinking about studios or recording. After meeting up regularly and writing constantly at their rehearsal space in Leith, Edinburgh for two years, the band connected with producer Jonathan Low. The album was recorded over the course of five weeks at Minor Street in Philadelphia and Long Pond in New York’s Hudson Valley in early 2018. Lyrically, “the album is so much about us going back to our basics and relying on our instincts.” Mike says. “There’s a range of songs that span everything we do as a band, and we’re the connection between them. It feels like this album is us.”
Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 day of show, and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages (6-11 half price at the door when accompanied by parent or adult guardian; five and under no charge). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-2746.