Photos + Review | We Were Promised Jetpacks & Seoul @ The Sinclair

Photos + Review | We Were Promised Jetpacks & Seoul @ The Sinclair

On Monday, December 7th, a gale-force wind blew into Cambridge by way of Edinburgh and shook the Sinclair with ferocious energy. No, this wasn’t a weather system emanating from high atop Arthur’s Peak, it was in fact Scotland’s veritable purveyors of unrestrained rock n’ roll, We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Playing to a packed house on the last night of a tour that began back in February, which took them across the planet and back again, the band let loose with a barrage of enthusiastic energy normally reserved for an opening night set. With three full-length albums to their name Jetpacks have more than enough amazing material to play, and the crowd would have stayed until the wee hours of the morning to hear it all.

Lead vocalist Adam Thompson paced back and forth across the stage, guitar in hand, with the intensity of a caged tiger while Michael Palmer (guitar), Sean Smith (bass), and Darren Lackie (drums), kept the rock n’ roll roaring throughout the venue as if to unravel the four walls of the Sinclair with a sound you could feel in the pit of the stomach.

Taking time in-between songs to thank the audience for the continued support (we have been fortunate enough here in Boston to always be a included in their consistent touring schedule year after year) the band ripped through fan favorites including “Ships With Holes Will Sink,” “Roll Up Your Sleeves,” and “I Keep It Composed,” getting the crowd jumping up and down with fervor. During “Pear Tree” Thompson stepped away from his mic to belt out the chorus, highlighting a voice not affected by a rigorous schedule, and after saying their goodbyes closed out the night with a raging version of “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning.”

Along for the ride were Montreal band Seoul, opening up the show with a wonderful set featuring songs from their new album, I Become A Shade. The trio have been part of the entire US tour with Jetpacks and have been making new fans along the way with their day-dreamy version of atmospheric synth-rock. Quite good stuff indeed!

Check out the superb photos of the night taken by our very own Steve Benoit of Boston Concert Photography fame.