I Like Trains

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I Like Trains
I Like Trains live at Nocturnal Culture Night 2018
I Like Trains live at Nocturnal Culture Night 2018
Background information
OriginLeeds, West Yorkshire, England
GenresAlternative rock, post-rock
Years active2004 (2004)–present
LabelsDance to the Radio, Fierce Panda Records, Talitres, Beggars Banquet
  • Guy Bannister
  • Alistair Bowis
  • Simon Fogal
  • David Martin
  • Ian Jarrold
Past membersAshley Dean

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.[1]

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".[2] I Like Trains have had their music featured on Hollywood film trailers, adverts and television, including an episode of CSI: Miami.[3]

History of I Like Trains[edit]

Beginnings and debut album : 2004–2008[edit]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed] 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.[5] 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[edit]

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.[6]

In 2012 they released their third album The Shallows.

10th anniversary[edit]

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.[citation needed]

A Divorce Before Marriage[edit]

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.[7] An album with the same title accompanied the film.


On 6 May 2020, the band announced their new album KOMPROMAT,[8] and released the single "The Truth" as well as its video. It was released on 21 August 2020 on new label Atlantic Curve.[9]



Albums and EPs[edit]


  • "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)
  • "The Truth" (6 May 2020)


  1. ^ "Q&A: I Like Trains". Complete Music Update. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ "Romantically declining Brits". metrobostonnews.com. 2007-10-12. Archived from the original on 2007-10-25.
  3. ^ Eleonora Collini (2014-02-25). "I Like Trains: "I don't think I would like to be a band starting now"". thelineofbestfit.com. Retrieved 2018-09-13. Another achievement they are particularly proud of was having the song “Sea Of Regrets” (from He Who Saw The Deep) featured on an episode of CSI: Miami
  4. ^ "iLiKETRAiNS - Before The Curtains Close (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. 4 July 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ "The Alternative Music Source". Postwave.gr. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  6. ^ Simon Jay Catling (25 October 2012). "LIVE REPORT: I Like Trains". The Quietus. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  7. ^ ""I'm Also In A Band Called I Like Trains" — A Divorce Before Marriage". Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  8. ^ "I LIKE TRAINS – Alternative Rock veterans from Leeds, UK – First signing and first release on newly founded Atlantic Curve label". Schubertmusic.com. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  9. ^ "I LIKE TRAINS - The Truth (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  10. ^ Max Thornton. "I LIKE TRAINS announce BEACONS EP + TOUR + SPECIAL LEEDS SHOW". Music Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  11. ^ "A Divorce Before Marriage | I LIKE TRAINS". Music.iliketrains.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  12. ^ "The Quietus | News | I LIKE TRAINS Announce First Album In Eight Years". The Quietus. Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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