News Press Release

Stream We Were Promised Jetpacks New Album ‘The More I Sleep The Less I Dream’

Scottish rock mainstays We Were Promised Jetpacks will release their first album in four years, The More I Sleep The Less I Dream this Friday. The album, which can be pre-ordered now, will be self-released in North America and available via Big Scary Monsters in Europe. The album is streaming in full at Under The Radar ahead of Friday’s release date, also embedded below:

We Were Promised Jetpacks North American tour in support of The More I Sleep The Less I Dream will kick off on September 19 in Portland, ME and will make stops in major markets including Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and more. Jenn Champion and Cumulus will open select shows. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Last month, the band released the official video for “Repeatting Patterns” from their forthcoming release. The video which was directed by Mathew Marchlewski premiered at DIY and can also be shared at YouTube. 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.”

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.


09.19 – Portland, ME @ Portland City Music Hall *
09.20 – Porstmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
09.21 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
09.22 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
09.23 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig #
09.25 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
09.26 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
09.27 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #
09.28 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
09.29 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10.01 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
10.02 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett ~
10.03 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
10.04 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom ~
10.05 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo ~
10.06 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall ~
10.08 – Chico, CA @ The Big Room #
10.09 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall #
10.11 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #
10.12 – San Diego, CA @ Irenic #
10.13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom #
10.15 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
10.16 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10.17 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10.18 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues – The Parish
10.19 – Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds
10.20 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10.22 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10.23 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club
10.24 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
10.26 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10.27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
10.28 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10.29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
11.14 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Lemon Tree
11.15 – Glasgow, UK @ Saint Luke’s
11.17 – Edinburgh, UK @ Old Dr Bells Bath
11.18 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11.19 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
11.21 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
11.22 – Luxembourg City, LU @ Rotondes
11.24 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
11.26 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea
11.27 – Graz, AT @ Orpheum Gratz
11.28 – Maxvorstadt, DE @ Muffatwerk
11.29 – Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
11.30 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
12.1 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

* with Worriers
~ with Cumulus
# with Jenn Champion

The More I Sleep The Less I Dream Track List:

1. Impossible
2. In Light
3. Someone Else’s Problem
4. Make It Easier
5. Hanging In
6. Improbable
7. When I Know More
8. Not Wanted
9. Repeating Patterns
10. The More I Sleep, The Less I Dream.