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. It draws its inspiration from historical failings and a pessimistic world view.[1]

I Like Trains has had its music used in Hollywood film trailers, advertisements and television, including an episode of CSI: Miami.[2]

History of I Like Trains[edit]

Beginnings and debut album : 2004–2008[edit]

I Like Trains was formed in 2004 and consists of David Martin (lead vocals, guitar), Guy Bannister (guitar, synthesisers and vocals), Alistair Bowis (bass guitar, synthesisers and vocals) and Simon Fogal (drums). That year, they self-released a single called "Autumn 2004". In 2005, the band self-released another single, "Stainless Steel", and its first official single, "Before the Curtains Close", on Dance to the Radio limited to 500 copies on 7" vinyl.[3] In June 2006, its first EP, Progress Reform, was released by Fierce Panda Records and the song "Terra Nova" was released as a single which went to number 132 in the UK Chart.[citation needed] In 2007, a first album, Elegies to Lessons Learnt, was released by Beggars Banquet Records, with the songs on the album based on tragic historical events and figures, created after thorough research and study.[4] Three singles were released from the album, "Spencer Perceval", "The Deception" and "We Go Hunting". Elegies to Lessons Learnt then went to number 17 in the UK Indie Chart. In late 2008. the band released its second EP, The Christmas Tree Ship.

He Who Saw the Deep and The Shallows : 2009–2012[edit]

Having been dropped by the record label, Beggars Banquet, the band founded its own label ILR (I Like Records) in 2009 and released a second album, He Who Saw The Deep in 2010 which had two singles, "Sea of Regrets" and "A Fathers Son". The crowd-funding platform PledgeMusic was used to raise money to produce and release the album.[5]

In 2012, a third album, The Shallows, was released.

Tenth 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 wher, for the first time, Progress Reform was performedin 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 had been in production since the recording of The Shallows.[6] An album with the same title accompanied the film.


On 6 May 2020, the band announced another album KOMPROMAT,[7] and released the single "The Truth" as well as its video. It was released on 21 August 2020 on a new label, Atlantic Curve.[8]



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)
  • "The Spectacle" (15 September 2022)


  1. ^ "Q&A: I Like Trains". Complete Music Update. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ Eleonora Collini (25 February 2014). "I Like Trains: "I don't think I would like to be a band starting now"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 13 September 2018. 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[dead link]
  3. ^ "iLiKETRAiNS - Before The Curtains Close". Discogs. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  4. ^ K. Μπρέλλας-Β. Γιαννακόπουλos (20 January 2008). "LiKETRAiNS - Αποκλειστική συνέντευξη!". Postwave. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  5. ^ Simon Jay Catling (25 October 2012). "LIVE REPORT: I Like Trains". The Quietus. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  6. ^ Daniel Chapman (16 February 2016). ""I'm Also In A Band Called I Like Trains" — A Divorce Before Marriage". The City Talking. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  7. ^ "I LIKE TRAINS – Alternative Rock veterans from Leeds, UK – First signing and first release on newly founded Atlantic Curve label". Schubert Music Publishing. 21 April 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  8. ^ "I LIKE TRAINS - KOMPROMAT". Clash. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  9. ^ Max Thornton. "I LIKE TRAINS announce BEACONS EP + TOUR + SPECIAL LEEDS SHOW". Music Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2016.[dead link]
  10. ^ "A Divorce Before Marriage by I LIKE TRAINS". Bandcamp. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  11. ^ Christian Eede (6 May 2020). "I LIKE TRAINS Announce First Album In Eight Years". The Quietus. Retrieved 23 September 2022.

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