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I Like Trains previously styled as iLiKETRAiNS is an English alternative/post-rock band, formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England The group play brooding songs featuring sparse piano and guitar, baritone vocals, uplifting choral passages and reverberant orchestral crescendos They draw their inspiration from historical failings and a pessimistic world view

On 7 April 2007, I Like Trains featured on the early-hours music television programme The JD Set, which featured live performance clips and interviews David Martin talked about how he wanted their music to have a "sense of location" and that this was lacking in music like "Godspeed and Sigur Rós" I Like Trains have had their music featured on Hollywood film trailers, adverts and television, including an episode of CSI:Miami


  • 1 History
    • 11 Beginnings and debut album :2004-2008
    • 12 He Who Saw the Deep and The Shallows :2009-2012
    • 13 10th anniversary
    • 14 A Divorce Before Marriage
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Albums and EPs
    • 22 Singles
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Beginnings and debut album :2004-2008

I Like Trains formed in 2004 and consists of David Martin lead vocals, guitar, Guy Bannister guitar, synths and vocals, Alistair Bowis bass guitar, synths and vocals and Simon Fogal drums, the same year they self-released a single called "Autumn 2004" In 2005 they self-released another single "Stainless Steel" and later on in the year they released their first official single, "Before the Curtains Close", on Dance to the Radio limited to 500 copies on 7" vinyl In June 2006 they released their debut EP, Progress Reform, was released on Fierce Panda Records and the song "Terra Nova" was released as a single and it went at number 132 in the UK Chart In 2007, they released their debut album Elegies to Lessons Learnt on Beggars Banquet Records, the songs on the album are based on tragic historical events and figures and the songs were created after thorough research and study Three singles were released from the album, "Spencer Perceval", "The Deception" and "We Go Hunting" Elegies to Lessons Learnt then went at number 17 in the UK Indie Chart In late 2008 the band released their second EP The Christmas Tree Ship

He Who Saw the Deep and The Shallows :2009-2012

Having been dropped by their record label, Beggars Banquet, the band founded their own label ILR I Like Records in 2009 and released their second album He Who Saw The Deep in 2010 which had two singles, "Sea of Regrets" and "A Fathers Son" They used crowd-funding platform PledgeMusic to raise money to produce and release the album

In 2012 they released their third album The Shallows

10th anniversary

To celebrate ten years in existence and also the centenary of the Brudenell Social Club, I Like Trains performed a special gig at the venue in Leeds where for the first time they performed Progress Reform in full Progress Reform was also remastered and re-released on 4 November 2013 as a 500 copy, limited edition vinyl album

A Divorce Before Marriage

A Divorce Before Marriage, a film about the band by Matt Hopkins and Ben Lankester, was released in 2016 It was in production since the recording of The Shallows


Albums and EPs

  • Progress Reform EP; 26 June 2006
  • Elegies to Lessons Learnt album; 1 October 2007 UK Indie Chart No 17
  • The Christmas Tree Ship EP; 24 November 2008
  • He Who Saw The Deep album; 4 October 2010
  • This Skin Full of Bones EP CD+DVD; 22 November 2011
  • The Shallows album; 2 April 2012
  • Beacons EP; 15 October 2012


  • "Stainless Steel" Early 2005
  • "Before the Curtains Close Pts 1 & 2" 4 July 2005
  • "A Rook House For Bobby" 17 October 2005
  • "Terra Nova" / "Fram" 29 May 2006 UK Chart No 132
  • "Spencer Perceval" / "I Am Murdered" 26 March 2007 UK Chart No 195
  • "The Deception" 10 September 2007 UK Chart No 164, UK Indie Chart No 9
  • "We Go Hunting" 21 April 2008
  • "Sea of Regrets" 12 October 2009
  • "A Father's Son" 10 September 2010
  • "Mnemosyne" 22 May 2012


  1. ^Archived 25 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "iLiKETRAiNS - Before The Curtains Close Vinyl" Discogscom 2005-07-04 Retrieved 2015-12-13 
  3. ^ "The Alternative Music Source" Postwavegr Retrieved 2015-12-13 
  4. ^ Simon Jay Catling 2012-10-25 "LIVE REPORT:I Like Trains" The Quietus Retrieved 2017-02-16 
  5. ^ ""I'm Also In A Band Called I Like Trains" — A Divorce Before Marriage" Retrieved 2016-02-11 
  6. ^ Max Thornton "I LIKE TRAINS announce BEACONS EP + TOUR + SPECIAL LEEDS SHOW" Music Reporter Retrieved 2016-01-08 

External links

  • Official website

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