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Leeds, England (2003 – present) iLiKETRAiNS are a post rock band which formed in Leeds, England in 2003. They consist of David Martin (vocals, guitar), Guy Bannister (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Alistair Bowis (bass, vocals) and Simon Fogal (drums). Windswept platforms provide the inspiration, tales of fated Antarctic expeditions provide the lyrics, and a love of England, Iceland, complex visuals and leaves on the line provide the future for this quintet.

ContactMusic.COM [ He Who Saw The Deep "Review" ] ~ This album will appeal to more than just train spotters. Spine-tingling, goose-bump inducing alternative post-rock brilliance is what this Leeds-based quartet offer with their second full length album. A year since the release of the divine taster single 'Sea Of Regrets', also on the albums tracklisting', iLiKETRAiNS return with He Who Saw The Deep; a stunning collection of powerful, progressive, melodic post-rock.

Opener 'When We Were Kings' heralds something of a new direction for the band with picked guitar introduction and stomping feel reminiscent of indie contemporaries Foals or Bloc Party; it's more upbeat than usual with dance floor friendly verses and kicking into epic, cymbal heavy choruses ridden with atmospheric soaring guitar lines. Here, iLiKETRAiNS prove that they are contemporary and receptive to the music of their peers and, simultaneously, masters of the soaring, emotive post-rock blend that they've perfected over the years; with this track, the forceful power of their trademark guitar sound meets the pounding drums of indie pop.

'A Father's Son', alongside a picking of other tracks, would settle well on an Editors album; that's absolutely no criticism. 'We Saw The Deep', again with glimmering Bloc Party-like interlocking delay-heavy guitar parts over pounding bass drum build into a phenomenal crescendo with lush strings and backing vocals. Some of iLiKETRAiNS' songs are melancholic and sombre yet beautiful, whilst others create a wonderful uplifting climax as 'We Saw The Deep' does before kicking back to its former pounding, bouncy indie-rock groove and snapping to an abrupt end. By track four iLiKETRAiNS have pushed aside dance floor friendly indie rock and hint back to their previous material; David Martin, in his distinctive baritone voice, sings pensive, intelligent lyrics over morbid organ chords, backing vocals, guitars, bass and heartbeat-like toms. 'Progress Is A Snake' and 'These Feet Of Clay' both follow in a similar vein; down-tempo with thudding drums and gently morbid minor harmonies oozing from the guitars. The drums of 'Progress Is A Snake' drop out midway through before pounding back in the form of attacking, almost military, snare which is surrounded by an angsty, suspense-ridden instrumental build.

Throughout He Who Saw The Deep, great responsibility lies with Simon Fogal and the variety he brings with his ever-changing drum parts, so vital to the constantly evolving nature of iLiKETRAiNS' powerful audio cohort. 'Sirens', for example, begins very sparsely, moodily and suspense inducing with throbbing drums and very low synth bass; the track builds in terms of texture and atmosphere before the chordal padding dies. There's frequently this very whole, padded sound which is intercepted now and again by sparse angular, distorted phrases; gear changes determined by Fogal.

The eight-minute masterpiece 'Sea Of Regrets', is the highlight of He Who Saw The Deep; it lilts along in tame calmness, saving its climactic build until three minutes in at which point it gradually begins this powerful driving crescendo with a wall of harmony and backing vocals. The track gets stronger and stronger but drums hold back through repetition after repetition of the chorus until the very end. Once its climax is reached, 'Sea Of Regrets' dies out to almost nothing with atmospheric, subtle guitar reverberations delicately and beautifully repeated. He Who Saw The Deep evolves through progressions of powerful moving harmony and ever developing musical emotion, creating an entrancing, stunning album. [ __Hannah Spencer ].

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Artist - iLIKETRAINS Album - The Shallows Release Date - 2012 Genre - Indie, Post-rock Tracklist 01. Beacons 02. Mnemosyne 03. The Shallows 04. Water / Sand 05. The Hive 06. The Turning of The Bones 07. Reykjavik 08. We Used to Talk 09. In Tongues -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAINS - The Shallows -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - A Father's Son Release Date - 2010 Genre - Indie, Post-rock Tracklist 01 - iLiKETRAiNS - A Father's Son 02 - iLiKETRAiNS - A Kingdom You Deserve -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - A Father's Son -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - He Who Saw The Deep Release Date - 2010 Genre - Indie, Post-rock Tracklist 01 When We Were Kings 02 A Father’s Son 03 We Saw the Deep 04 Hope is not Enough 05 Progress is a Snake 06 These Feet of Clay 07 Sirens 08 Sea of Regrets 09 These Broken Bones 10 A Divorce Before Marriage 11 Doves -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - He Who Saw The Deep -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - We Go Hunting Release Date - 2008 Genre - Indie, Post-rock Tracklist A We Go Hunting B More Weight -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - We Go Hunting -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - BEFORETHECURTAiNSCLOSE Release Date - 2005 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock Tracklist 01 - Before The Curtain Close [ Part 1 ] 02 - Before The Curtain Close [ Part 11 ] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - BEFORETHECURTAiNSCLOSE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - The Deception [ DVDRIP ] Release Date - 2007 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock Tracklist 1 The Deception -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - The Deception -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - Sea Of Regrets Release Date - 2009 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock Tracklist 1 Sea of Regrets 2 The Spark -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - Sea Of Regrets -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - Hope Is Not Enough Release Date - 2009 Genre - Experimental, Post-rock Tracklist 01 - we were kings 02 - bones 03 - william's last breath 04 - hope 05 - a sea of regrets 06 - divorce before marriage 07 - progress is a snake 08 - sirens 09 - lions -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - Hope Is Not Enough Password - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - The Christmas Tree Ship Ep Release Date - 2008 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Tracklist 01 - iLiKETRAiNS - The Christmas Tree Ship 02 - iLiKETRAiNS - South Shore 03 - iLiKETRAiNS - Two Brothers 04 - iLiKETRAiNS - Three Sisters 05 - iLiKETRAiNS - Friday - Everybody Goodbye -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - The Christmas Tree Ship Ep Password - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - Elegies to Lessons Learnt Release Date - 2007 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Tracklist 1 We All Fall Down 6:12 2 Twenty Five Sins 3:39 3 The Deception 3:58 4 The Voice of Reason 5:00 5 Death of an Idealist 3:25 6 Remnants of an Army 3:57 7 We Go Hunting 3:24 8 Come Over 4:10 9 Spencer Perceval 9:09 10 Epiphany 2:18 11 Death Is the End 5:21 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - Elegies to Lessons Learnt Password - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - Progress • Reform Release Date - 2006 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Tracklist 1 Terra Nova 5:03 2 No Military Parade 3:31 3 A Rook House for Bobby 4:47 4 Citizen 3:06 5 The Accident 3:06 6 Stainless Steel 8:23 7 The Beeching Report 4:46 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - Progress • Reform Password - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - A Rook House for Bobby Release Date - 2005 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Tracklist 1 - A Rook House for Bobby 2 - The Beeching Report -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAiNS - A Rook House for Bobby Password - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - iLIKETRAiNS Album - Spencer Perceval Release Date - 2007 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Tracklist 01 - Spencer Perceval 02 - I am Murdered -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iLIKETRAINS - Spencer Perceval Password - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blueneck ~ Redhooker ~ Gifts From Enola ~ Shalabi Effect ~ Cue -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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