I LIKE TRAINS have released a new album, KOMPROMAT, that discusses all the chaos the world has slipped into since their last release eight years ago. Dealing with themes of the corruption and shocking of the current political climate, the band return back to their root sound, comparable to artists such as Joy Division.
The Leeds band made up of David Martin (vocals/guitar), Guy Bannister (guitar/synths), Alistair Bowis (bass), Ian Jarrold (guitar) and Simon Fogal (drums) were inspired by the Edward Snowden NSA leaks in 2013.
Their album heavily focuses on the corruption of the world we live in today, with references to lack of privacy, Brexit and Trump’s presidency.
KOMPROMAT came together slowly but surely, drawing inspiration from newspapers and tweets, members would constantly write down any they felt they resonated with.
The follow up album to The Shallows (2012) has more of a post-punk sound rather than their previous post-rock sound. The post-punk vibe coincides with the themes of chaos and rebellion in which the album deals with.
The Truth, the single already released, features Martin’s hypnotising voice paired with a faux karaoke style music video with clips from news stories and politicians. “The truth is no longer concerned with the facts”; this track is really the centrepiece to the album and sets the tone for the rest of the tracks.
With the way the year 2020 has turned out to be, it has shown more than ever how important free speech and the free press is. Through music, art and creativity, people are able to express their views and it provides an outlet for people to relate to.
Martin’s deep voice paired with strong melodies and guitars make up nine tracks that are a reaction to events that have shaped the world into what it is today.
KOMPROMAT is out now, via Crash Records.