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iLiKETRAiNS - Progress Reform

iLiKETRAiNS - Progress Reform

Model: CD
Beschikbaarheid: OP VOORRAAD
Prijs: € 9,50 (EUR)
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CD: TAL-027
LABEL: Fierce Panda

01. Terra Nova
02. No Military Parade
03. Rook House For Bobby
04. Citizen
05. Accident
06. Stainless Steel
07. Beeching Report

Leeds five-piece iLiKETRAiNS are a band deeply concerned with arcane history. Not only does their debut mini-album deal with early Antarctic expeditions (recent single â??Terra Nova') and 1960s railway closure plans (â??The Beeching Report'), but it's practically a one-band shoegazing revival. That may sound like a backhanded compliment, but if this album is anything to go by perhaps staring at one's footwear is conducive to great musicianship. Plectrum-on-string never sounded so lush, and behind the walls of reverb lurk gorgeous songs that prove the band have got plenty of substance underneath their shimmer. Foreboding and unsettling as they are, Progress Reform's seven tracks have a glacial beauty that would be well suited to that polar expedition, with post-rock noise crescendos that could cause an avalanche. One such example of this is the first single to the taken from the album, â??A Rook House For Bobby'. Detailing the mental decline of former chess world champion Bobby Fischer (there's that arcane history again). The rest of the album is a lesson in Nick Cave gothicism, with â??Stainless Steel's eight minutes a prime example. Opening with the line "Please don't go into the kitchen, that's where the knives are", it's both the literal and metaphorical tale of knife in the back betrayal that its title alludes to. When you also know that the band wear British Rail uniforms onstage and play in front of antique projections of trains, snow, and chess games, you can imagine the sort of strange, living-in-the-past characters that created this music. And if they keep producing records this good, it won't be long before iLiKETRAiNS are in the history books themselves.

Influences / Similar Artists:
Slowdive, Arcade Fire, Interpol, The Chameleons


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