Set to coincide with the release of their second full length, He Who Saw The Deep, tonight I Like Trains bring their post-rock styling to Glasgow’s ABC2. Support comes from the very enthusiastic Johnny Reb who describe themselves as sounding like “Morrissey after three pints”.
Despite a relatively small turn out tonight, I Like Trains have barely lifted their instruments before the floor in front of the stage is packed. The band launch straight into the first single from their new album, A Father’s Son, and the powerful baritone of David Martin soon reverberates around the room.
Despite the new album taking a slightly more melancholy path than their previous work the audience really get into it, so much so that the more upbeat ‘When We Were Kings’, with its uplifting piano melody takes many people by surprise, giving them something to really dance to.
The definite crowd pleaser of the night is ‘Terra Nova’, the band’s fourth single from way back in 2006. The powerful drums and reverberant guitar are complimented by lyrics based around historical tragedies, an unusual approach for a modern-day band, which gets easily the biggest cheer of the set.
I Like Trains finish their short but sweet set with last year’s single ‘Sea of Regrets’, which builds to a room filling climax with all four band mates singing in harmony.
Words: Katherine Haig
Photos: Euan Robertson