Marmiteboy - Urbane Warrior.

Friday, October 05, 2007

iLiKETRAiNS LiVE The Arts Centre - Colchester

The support tonight was from the excellent Norwich band Sennan who hark back to the days of Shoegazey. Had iLiKETRAinS not turned up their set would have been worth the admission price alone. I already have a copy of their debut album and I was very excited to learn that they were playing too. It made for a very enjoyable evening to see two bands at the top of their game.

iLiKETRAiNS are a bit different to your average band. There are no songs about unrequited love or ex-girlfriends. There are no laddish lyrics about starting riots or getting pissed either. Instead the songs are about the most unlikely of subjects. 'A Rook House For Bobby' for instance is about American chess Grand Master Bobby Fischer and other songs, 'Spencer Perceval' about the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated, 'Twenty Five Sins' about the Great Fire of London and other songs are about the Great Plague, the Beeching Report which shut down half the British railway system and ill-fated attempts at sailing around the world in a yacht. Not your normal fare you'll agree. There music is dark and mournful and David Martin's lead vocals are deep and soulful.

Live they really nail it. The musicianship is excellent and the sound they produce soars and takes you with it. As they play a back projection plays montages related to each song. It adds to the whole live experience and really draws you in.

This was a superb night, great music, an excellent venue, ideally suited for the bands and great value at seven quid a pop.



Blogger Katie said...

Marmite, are you squeezy?

12:25 am

Blogger E F RICE said...

Great post MB, I really wish I had been available for this gig as it sounds right up my alley !

The Arts centre really is a top venue, I still have the memory of Echo & The Bunnymen playing their with the stainless glass window as a backdrop. Fantastic stuff.

9:11 am

Blogger marmiteboy said...


I am but my Marmite's not.


You'd have loved it. I'll have to give you a listen of the Sennan cd soon.


10:54 am

Blogger Philip. said...

Sounds like a great night!

I went to see Rush on Friday night. They may have started out in the early 70's but they are still fantastic. The Newcastle Metro Arena was packed.

11:47 am

Blogger Dame Honoria Glossop said...

Sounds like you got 2 good bands for the price of 1. The "iLiKETRAiNS" website has articles about people such as Spencer Perceval who are mentioned in their music.

(Squeezy Marmite = Heresy)

7:21 pm

Blogger Katie said...


Thank you. I've been worrying about that.

Dame Glossop,

You are incorrect.

2:31 am


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