Monday, May 14, 2012

Artist Of The Day: I Like Trains

There's hardly a shortage of great British post-punk bands at present, but that doesn't mean that it's a club closed to new members. With their third LP The Shallows, Leeds four-piece I Like Trains have become the latest addition, quietly perfecting their sound as widespread recognition continues to prove elusive. Not dissimilar from contemporaries such as Wild Beasts and Foals, their music builds around the permanent template entrenched by Joy Divison and adds colour in the form of their own unique modern twist. The end result is a record that's subtle, sophisticated and sexy, functioning faultlessly as a whole while each track also shines on its own individual merit. Frontman David Martin is the star of the show, with his seductive, eloquent vocals channeling the obscenely attractive middle-ground between Ian Curtis and Jarvis Cocker and delivering the type of sharp, unsettling lyrics which flourish in this style. Early indications suggest that The Shallows won't bring about the type of success that I Like Trains richly deserve, which is a shame given some of the dirge that receives industry backing. If they can keep delivering records as good as this, though, it's surely only a matter of time before they reap their just rewards.
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