We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Metro 11-2-11

I don’t have a ton to say about this show, really. Only that it was one of the best shows I’ve seen this year, and I wish it could have gone on forever. My introduction to We Were Promised Jetpacks was a few years ago, and I knew right away that I’d be continuing to listen to them for the rest of my life. Last night was the first time I had the chance to see them perform, and my fears that they wouldn’t be able to live up to the amazing spectacle I’d built up in my mind  were washed away after about ten seconds.

The show kicked off with the first track on the new record, and it was a good start. When I reviewed the album, I had mentioned that I thought that opening song was a great start for the new release because it got things started fast and hard. This also works for starting a concert because the crowd gets very active right off the bat. Sometimes bands like to begin with a new song or a slow ballad, which wouldn’t make much sense for WWPJ.

I was a little surprised when the second song was “Quiet Little Voices.” I knew they’d be playing a lot of their older songs, but I figured with the new album just out, we’d be getting a couple long stretches where it was nothing but In The Pit Of The Stomach material. Luckily the band played a good mix of new and old.

The crowd was great. Probably the best audience I’ve been a part of at Metro. Some of the newer songs didn’t play as well, but I’ll chalk that up to some people not having had the chance to memorize them. When the band played anything old, the crowd erupted. When Adam was singing “Roll Up Your Sleeves” I could hardly hear him over the people shouting along with him.

The biggest thing I took away from seeing WWPJ live is just how ridiculous their drummer, Darren Lackie, is. For a little over an hour he was pounding his kit like a madman and keeping the beat like a metronome. Hearing him play on record doesn’t even begin to tell the tale of how good this guy is, you need to see it for yourself.

We Were Promised Jetpacks is a great rock band, and as expected they put on a great rock show. If you need proof of how hard they rocked the house, Kari couldn’t hear anything until this morning. If you missed it, you should be full of remorse and self-loathing. But don’t stay down too long. They’ll be back eventually, and you should deep your calendar clear for such an occasion.