BY DEAN BIRKHEIMER | Go Venue Magazine
“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost
I was very eager to shoot this show, it’s been a while since I’ve been to any show, much less do a live review. I’ve been out of town for the last 3 months or so, snow birding in South Carolina. No better way to come back then to attend a We Were Promised Jetpacks show, and no better place than The Waiting Room on Saturday, April 2, 2022.
I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I’ve never heard of the opener, Weakened Friend. Before the show One Percent’s, Dave Campbell and I were talking, and he promised me that I would thoroughly enjoy them. Boy was he right. This trio, made up of Sonia Sturine (vocals), Annie Hoffman (bass-vocals), and Adam Hand (drums), hail from Portland, Maine. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a band whose lyrics are filled with so much struggle and despair, but the actual music beckons you to dance your ass off. It’s as if they are telling up, despite the world best attempts to push us down, it’s ok to be happy and to live the best life you can possibly live. Both of their albums, Common Blah (2018) and Quitter (2021) were released to critical acclaim, and both should be in your collection. Follow them on Facebook at Weakened Friends and online at https://www.weakenedfriends.com/. They can be found on Instagram at Weakened Friends and of course on Twitter at Weakened Friends.
With We Were Promised Jetpacks, you know exactly what you’re going to get. It’s gonna be a rock show from start to end. It’s going to be loud, and it’s going to be punchy. These guys have always been a bucket list band for me, but one and done is not possible with these guys, you want them more and more. Sometimes moments occur at shows, and there was one during We Were Promised Jetpacks set. When “Quiet Little Voices” kicked in, the already rowdy crowd became uncontrollable. The venue, the crowd and the band all were in perfect tune and during the song, the atmosphere was mind-blowing. A true Omaha music moment. To say the fans were engaging would be an understatement, but that’s what they were. There were plenty of callbacks and actual conversations between the band and the audience. We Were Promised Jetpacks never disappoints, they play fast, loud, and perfectly. They are a band you want to see repeatedly. Please follow them on Facebook and website. You can also reach them via Instagram and on Twitter.
HUMAN ERROR – NOTHING EVER CHANGES – BLOOD SWEAT TEARS – DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH – MOVING CLOCKS – ROLL UP YOUR SLEAVES – SORE THUMB – IMPOSSIBLE – HANGING IN – THE MORE I SLEEP – IF IT HAPPENS – SHIPS – QUIET LITTLE VOICES – FAT CHANCE – THUNDER & LIGHTNING