Archive for July 2nd, 2006

July 2, 2006

iLiKETRAiNS – Progress – Reform (Mini CD Album)

Progress Reform CoverFierce Panda NONG43CD: 26th June 2006
1. Terra Nova
“Exploration’s last great prize, it wasn’t mine, and mores the shame, you will remember my name”
2. No Military Parade
“Here’s to success, this ones for Amundsen, though I drink to anyone, these days”
3. A Rook House For Bobby
“All I ever wanted to do, is play chess with you, but if they find me, they will indite me, I just can’t fight, anymore”
4. Citizen
“It’s the least you can do, to endear yourself to, your new home”
5. The Accident
“It was such a lovely party, before the accident occurred, the ambulance came and took you away, before the coffee was served”
6. Stainless Steel
“Please don’t go into the kitchen, that’s where the knives are, and I won’t be held responsible”
7. The Beeching Report
“Is this the price we pay for progress, taking one step forward, for every six we take back, does your dirty oil stained money make you happy”

The word ‘Epic’ is very appropriate to describe iLiKETRAiNS. They produce towering songs, haunting soundscapes and cacophonous noise. There are only seven songs on this Mini-Album but it’s as long as most bands LPs. What isn’t there is often more important than what is. The songs build to deafening levels of noise, only for them to drop into atmospheric, near silence when you least expect it. Also many times there will be a devastating word that is whispered and then an echoing void in which to contemplate it. It collects the four tracks that made up their last two singles (Except ‘No Military Parade’ is a superior, string-laden version of ‘Terra Nova’s B-side, ‘Fram’). The other three songs have been doing the rounds in demo form for a while.

iLiKETRAiNS songs are usually either claustrophobic tales of death, or chronicles of historical figures and events. ‘Terra Nova’ and ‘No Military Parade’ concern the British and Norwegian expeditions to the South Pole in 1910. ‘A Rook House For Bobby’ gets into the head of disturbed Chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer. ‘Citizen’ explores feelings of displacement. ‘The Accident’ is about a poisoning, but it doesn’t explain the motives (It’s left for you to fill in the gaps). ‘Stainless Steel’ seems to be about a person killing an unfaithful lover or an abusive partner. Finally ‘The Beeching Report’ mourns the thousands of people who lost their jobs as a result of a 1960’s Railway restructuring plan.

These are not songs for the easily bored. A certain amount of effort is required of the listener. Doing some reading around the subjects that the band covers enriches the songs. Here are links to entries on Wikipedia about the Terra Nova, the Fram, Captain Scott, Roald Amundsen, Bobby Fischer and Dr Beeching.

Click here to download a multitude of iLiKETRAiNS demos.

iLiKETRAiNS Website / iLiKETRAiNS MySpace Page

July 2, 2006

FRANK TURNER – Campfire Punkrock (CD EP)

Campfire Punkrock CoverXtra Mile Recordings XMREP115: 15th May 2006
1. Nashville Tennessee
“I was raised in middle England, not in Nashville Tennessee, and the only thing I’m offering is me”
2. Thatcher Fucked The Kids
“Anyone who looks younger than me, makes me check for my wallet, and my phone and my keys”
3. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The One Of Me
“Every guy with long hair, round here is a star, according to his girlfriend, and the way that he holds his Guitar”
4. Casanova Lament
“It’s pathetic and I know it, but the truth is there’ve been mornings I’ve proved prudent, taking toothpaste to the pub, but that’s precious little comfort, against the knowledge of the person I’ve become”
5. I Really Don’t Care What You Did On Your Gap Year
“There’s water in the ashtray, and there’s ash in the sink, the carpet’s mostly soaking, but there’s nothing to drink”

I saw Frank Turner at a ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ Folk review in February at the Bush Hall, Shepards Bush, London with my brother. It was a great night that introduced me to some wonderful artists like Chris T-T, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Dave House and Television Personalities. We didn’t have a flyer and there wasn’t any posters so we weren’t entirely sure which artists were which. When Frank Turner played a song called ‘The Real Damage’ my ears suddenly pricked up and I thought I know this song. It was on a Split 7″ with Reuben on Xtra Mile Recordings. I bought the 7″ because the title of the Reuben song was “Every Time A Teenager Listens To Drum & Bass A Rockstar Dies”. It was a great title but the song wasn’t, fortunately the Frank Turner song on the flip more than made up for it.

It’s testament to the quality of these songs that when I first listened to the CD they sounded like old favourites (Even though I’d only heard them once, several months earlier). If you’re a Billy Bragg fan or you wish Noel Gallagher would write more of those acoustic classics he used to do, you’re sure to like this EP. ‘Nashville Tennessee’ mixes dreams of America with the reality of England. ‘Thatcher Fucked The Kids’ is about those kinds of gangs that chuck stuff at you because you had the bare faced cheek to simply walk past them. It was better on the night, because he only dropped the line “Thatcher Fucked The Kids” a minute in, provoking howls of laughter. ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The One Of Me’ is about getting out of a dead end town. ‘Casanova Lament’ reflects on too many one-night stands. ‘I Really Don’t Care What You Did On Your Gap Year’ describes that feeling you get after a bad night out, when you swear you’ll never do it again.

The Real Damage mp3
After The Rush Hour mp3
Worse Things Happen At Sea mp3
The Ballad Of Me And My Friends mp3

Click here to buy the EP from HMV for £4.49.

Click here for a shed load of Frank Turner videos on YouTube (Including Frank’s cover of ‘Dancing Queen’).

Frank Turner Website / Frank Turner MySpace Page
Xtra Mile Recordings Website / Love Music Hate Rascism Website