I Like Trains - Kompromat

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1. A Steady Hand
2. Desire Is A Mess
3. Dig In
5. Patience Is A Virtue
6. A Man Of Conviction
7. New Geography
8. The Truth
9. Eyes To The Left (feat. Anika)

I LIKE TRAINS return with their razor-sharp new record KOMPROMAT. The Leeds band’s first studio album in eight years deals with knotted themes of information; how we consume it, and how we can possibly make any sense of it in an age of constant bombardment. It digs beneath populism’s rise, from the divide and conquer tactics that caused Brexit in the UK, to the ascent of Trump in America and the subsequent reign of lies and misinformation, to discover the grubby hands that have engineered it all.

I LIKE TRAINS - made up of Martin (vocals/guitar), Alistair Bowis (bass), Guy Bannister
(guitar/synths), Simon Fogal (drums) and Ian Jarrold (guitar) - have never shied away from confronting the possibility of humanity’s collapse, of course. Early records, like the towering, Godspeed-influenced Progress Reform (Fierce Panda, 2006) and Elegies to Lessons Learnt (Beggars Banquet, 2007) took tales of tragic characters and events from history and applied them to the modern day, while He Who Saw The Deep (2010) looked uneasily ahead to the climate change battle we stand on the precipice of losing. Previous album The Shallows (2012) focused on how the internet and smart technology is re-wiring the human mind and affecting our concentration spans.

KOMPROMAT simultaneously sounds like none of those records, yet also contains DNA from all of them. The group have gone back to go forwards in some ways, returning to some of the primary influences that caused them to first form back in 2004: Joy Division, The Birthday Party, Gang of Four, Television and The Velvet Underground. It marks a welcome return for a band who remain a singular presence away from the ebb and flow of UK guitar music fashion; a band in their own orbit, working to their own distinctive style.

• The first studio album in eight years, and the first new music in four years from cult
miserablists I LIKE TRAINS
• It follows 2016’s feature length documentary film A Divorce Before Marriage
• Available on strictly limited silver vinyl in foil-blocked sleeve, just 500 copies for the world
• Also available on regular black vinyl and CD
• Vinyl editions include printed inner sleeve and download code
• KOMPROMAT is the very first release on the new Atlantic Curve label, from the Schubert
Music Publishing group
• New single ‘The Truth’ is accompanied by a chilling deepfake karaoke video from previous
co-conspirator Michael Connolly
• Michael Connolly is also the intelligence officer who has ‘scraped’ the lyrics to produce the
treemap graphic design artwork
• I LIKE TRAINS have toured extensively including support for Editors, The Sisters of Mercy
and British Sea Power
• Invited to play Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival in 2018 at the Southbank Centre, London
“I LIKE TRAINS are too smart for most, or too interested in realism and fate when so manare content to indulge in washy escapism”
The Quietus
“This is grand civic music, less to be listened to and more to be visited like a museum or war memorial, and all the more interesting because of it.”
The Guardian
“The group takes its listeners on a trip down the shadowy back alleys of British history. It's all quite incredible, in every sense.”

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