Scottish rock mainstays We Were Promised Jetpacks have shared the official video for "Repeating Patterns" the new single for their forthcoming release The More I Sleep The Less I Dream which will be self-released in North America and available via Big Scary Monsters in Europe on September 14. The video which was directed by Mathew Marchlewski premiered at DIY. About the video We Were Promised Jetpacks Sean Smith says, "'Repeating Patterns' is one of the first songs we wrote for this album. It’s been getting a great reception at our shows for over a year and has become a really important song for us. Our goal when recording was to not tame it and keep it as raw and raucous as it is live. We only first saw the video a few days ago and we absolutely love it. Thanks to Mathew Marchlewski, Adam Keene, Poppy Garcia & Ashley Spencer for making such a perfect video. We hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoy playing it."
"Repeating Patterns" follows up the release of "Hanging In" which premiered at Brooklyn Vegan. We Were Promised Jetpacks have also announced an extensive tour in the UK, EU and US throughout September, October and November. All upcoming shows are listed below.
The More I Sleep The Less I Dream marks a new chapter in We Were Promised Jetpacks’ career. It’s about going back to the heart of who they are, a high school band that never stopped. It’s about four people who have grown up together, making a conscious choice to keep writing music and seeing where that takes them.
“The album is so much about us going back to our basics and relying on our instincts.” guitarist Mike Palmer 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.”
The musicians connected with producer Jonathan Low (The National, Sufjan Stevens, Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs) and were inspired by his approach to their vision and his grounded style. After making their prior albums in England, Scotland and Iceland, it felt like a good opportunity to try crafting songs in the U.S. 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.
First emerging 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 turned 30 during the making of new album The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream, and felt like vastly different people to the four 20-year-olds that they were when they first started releasing music. Having spent ten years almost consistently writing and touring, it was time to decamp home to Scotland and take a breath. They reverted back to their original four members and dealt with several behind the scenes changes. They celebrated a few marriages and tried to remember who they were when not on the road. A decision was made. No more touring until a new album had been written.