Thursday, March 15, 2007
A history lesson with iLiKETRAiNS
Another week, another decent band from Leeds. Only I’ve been on about these guys before. The good news is that iLiKETRAiNS have gotten round to releasing their debut single for Beggars Banquet. It’s called Spencer Perceval, and it’s no ordinary single.
Why? Well, for a start it continues their interest in obscure historical events as subject matter for songs. For the band who’ve previously tackled Captain Scott’s polar exploration, and government reports supporting closure of local railways in the 60s, it’s only a small step to writing a song about the first and only British Prime Minister to be assassinated. Not only does it go into the details of Perceval’s murder in 1812, it’s also over nine minutes long. So I guess they’re not desperate for radio airplay then.
Spencer Perceval may well be absent from the airwaves, but that’s no reason not to hunt it out at your local record shop or favourite download site. Particularly if you like their already-established dark and brooding guitar sound. It actually starts off reminding me a lot of Slowdive with gloriously chiming guitars (in my book, that's a good thing) and by the time it gets to the end of its epic length, there’s a lot more swirly noise going on. It’s all very good, and presents the nation’s youth with the prefect combination of being educational whilst satisfying a demand for loud, gloomy guitar music.
This track is posted here for a very limited time, as I don’t want to hamper the already diminished commercial potential of the single. If you arrive here after the mp3 is gone, go here to listen to it. Or here to watch the video. Or even better buy it! The single features another track I am Murdered (the dying Perceval's last words) which serves as a very pleasing lengthy reprise to the A-side.
Download: iLiKETRAiNS – Spencer Perceval