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iLiKETRAiNS - A Rook House For Bobby

Reviewed by Rall on 6th September 2005

Based on the rather strange life of former chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, this track is possibly a cautionary tale about being too clever for your own good. After becoming world chess champion apparently our Bobby joined a cult, got put in a Japanese prison and then ended up living in Iceland. Well, it is where all the crazy people go after all.

The track itself does actually sound like it came from the mind of a mad man: it's dark, cold, empty and weird. Almost exactly like Iceland in fact. Starting off a little slow, A Rook House for Bobby builds up to a melancholic (see, I know big words) crescendo (NME here I come!) and actually, I love it.

iLiKETRAiNS (probably the best name for a band EVER) hail from Leeds and judging by this track and the part of the biog that says "sold out every copy of their dark, brooding murder ballad 'BEFORTHECURTAiNSCLOSE'", I think they may list Nick Cave as one of their influences. Seeing them live sounds like it could be a pretty intense experience, so I suggest popping along to one of their upcoming gigs (see below) that support the single release of ARHFB on the 17th October through Kids. Not actually children, but the record label Kids. Oh, and it's going to be on a strictly limited (to 500) picture disc, and that's always a good excuse to buy ANY single!

Catch iLiKETRAiNS in October:

  • Wed 12th - Glasgow Barfly
  • Thu 13th - York Barfly
  • Fri 14th - Sheffield DnR Live
  • Sat 15th - Birmingham Barfly
  • Mon 17th - Liverpool Barfly
  • Tue 18th - Cardiff Barfly
  • Wed 19th - Camden Barfly

And supporting Redjetson:

  • Sat 22nd - Bath Moles Club
  • Sun 23rd - Oxford Cellar
  • Mon 24th - Leeds Brundell Social Club
  • Wed 26th - Newcastle Cluny
  • Thu 27th - Lincoln University

Rating: 8/10
Website: www.iliketrains.co.uk


Gravatar andreas says:-

Excellent song, even better live. See my review :D

28th October 2005 @ 11:34:36 GMT

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