I like iLiKETRAiNS

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“Are there any freshers here? Are there any history freshers here? Well consider this your first lecture”

Well, after this gig I want to be part of the University of iLiKETRAiNS. In fact, sleepless nights would be avoided if I could only go some way to inspiring, moving and enchanting students like t’trains do tonight.

iLiKETRAiNS look great. They manage to be hirsute and sartorially elegant at the same time: white shirts, black ties and armbands, and a nice range of facial hair. The projections draw you in – each song is given a geographical location and images that accord with the story recounted. One such lesson – concerning the plague in Eyam in Derbyshire -was utterly moving (Lou’s parents live nearby). Yet even if the events and historical figures remain obscure the stories move and inspire.

And then there’s the sound. The term post-rock is used as a shorthand for some great innovations, but also as a way to smuggle j*zz into my world. There’s also a lot of disappointments encompassed by this term. But t’trains truly produce soaring walls of minor chord infused noise (no, not sonic cathedrals). Throughout the night you get the feeling that you’ve heard this one before, but it really, really, doesn’t matter as you get enveloped by their sound. This lot are truly very good indeed and may well be appearing in this here blog a lot in the future (the new album is out 1st October – buy it here)

Two songs from their brilliant short album, Progress Reform.

Terra Nova – iLiKETRAiNS

A Rook House for BobbyiLiKETRAiNS

angrybonbon

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About angrybonbon

Both Bars On's Manchester correspondent

Posted on September 21, 2007, in Gig reviews and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hmmm.., so i should go and see them at the Scala then? I am tempted. Especially now.

  2. There’s a nice preview of the new album on To Die By Your Side here: http://todiebyyourside.blogspot.com/2007/09/this-will-be-death-of-me.html

  3. Yes, go and see them. Simply put. That preview says it much better than I did

  4. No no. And yes I think I will.

  5. I truly, truly love these guys. They are spectacular live. It’s like a tidal wave, especially with the visuals they play to accompany them.

  6. I could not agree more Mr Toad.

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