Often lumped in with the likes of post-rockers Mogwai, Sigur Ros and, more curiously, Cocteau Twins, the Leeds outfit I Like Trains (or stylistically iLiKETRAiNS) chime their guitars in a pleasing and punishing way without too much in the way of mystery or colourful self-invented linguistics.
Formed 8 years ago as a quintet (now slimmed down to a quartet), ILT have quietly trodden a melodic down-beat path that hasn't taken them to packed stadiums or collaborations with Coldplay, but has earned them some kudos along the way, namely support slots for the likes of Editors and British Sea Power. Puzzlingly, they have reached album number three and still relatively few people have discovered the delights of their powerful debut album issued in 2007, 'Elegies to Lessons Learnt'. Nor did they fall over themselves to grab a copy of the 2010 follow-up 'He Who Saw The Deep'. As a live outfit, I Like Trains are an absorbing listen and make a sweet sonic racket.
Thus the impending prospect of a new album, EP and live tour should stir admirers from their slumber and might, just might, inspire a few stragglers to join the ever-increasing ILT clan. 'The Shallows', that third album, appeared back in April but was supported by just a few shows in the spring (mostly sold out) but with an accompanying new EP 'Beacons' just released, it's time for a proper ear-bruising.
First date on their autumnal jaunt is in Leeds on 13th October, followed by Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester etc until Southampton on 25th. In amongst the feedback and the euphoria is a London show on the 22nd at Cargo in Shoreditch. We have tickets on sale now, priced from £9 - and very likely to sell out (again).