I Like Trains (styled as iLiKETRAiNS) are an alternative/post-rock band from Leeds, England. The group play brooding songs featuring sparse piano and guitar, baritone vocals, uplifting choral passages and reverberant orchestral crescendos. They draw their inspiration from historical failings and a pessimistic world view.
They debut LP, Elegies to Lessons Learnt was released on Beggars Banquet Records, and their debut EP, “Progress Reform”, was released on Fierce Panda Records in June, 2006. The band ran a night at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds called Signal Failure, putting on bands including Youthmovies, Blood Red Shoes, The Strange Death of Liberal England, Josh T. Pearson, The Early Years and Tired Irie
On 7 April, 2007, I Like Trains featured on the early-hours music television programme The JD Set, which featured live performance clips and interviews. David Martin talked about how he wanted their music to have a “sense of location” and that this was lacking in music like “Godspeed and Sigur Rós”.
The band work on concept albums which are also optically represented on stage, by means of video projections and the band’s dress. The songs on Elegies to Lessons Learnt are based on tragic historical events and figures and the songs were created after thorough research and study.
I Like Trains have supported bands including British Sea Power, The Cooper Temple Clause and The Sisters of Mercy.