Despite the seeming pessimism of much of their material, there is still something warming about the collective stance invited by their anthemic observations: if the world is fucked then we might as well stand shoulder-to-shoulder as it burns.
The live I Like Trains experience has always been a captivating proposition and recent offerings, not least their ongoing experimentation with visual elements, has done little to dull the blade of their live performance. This week sees the band hitting the road for a series of shows to pull down the curtains on 2022. They may only have released one new song this year, but the invigorating explosion of ‘The Spectacle’, complete with Tory-baiting artwork and accompanying merch, is more than most bands manage in a career.
The tour kicks off at Manchester’s glorious Deaf Institute on Wednesday with Crimewave in support. Tickets for all dates are on sale now and the full tour itinerary is as follows:
7th – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
8th – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
9th – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
10th – Pop Recs, Sunderland
11th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
12th – Thekla, Bristol