Alternative music reviews

September 30, 2007

iLiKETRAiNS at the Carling Academy Oxford

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Firstly, a regret – I missed The Winchell Riots (ex-Fell City Girl). Just to emphasise my stupidity both bands mentioned just how good they were. The singer in Her Name is Calla called them the best local band that had played on the tour and even speculated about learning Stallone to sing to his wife. So today I booked a ticket for their acoustic set at the Port Mahon later this month.

Onto the bands I actually saw. Leicester band Her Name Is Calla inhabit the same sort of musical area as the headline band and even feature brass in a ghostly way. They play intense Post-Rock music with huge thrashes in the latter stages. It was an impressive display. I particularly liked the ‘song’ that ended with psychotic screaming – now that’s what you need to start the night with.

iLiKETRAiNS treated the audience to a number of lessons in history, detailing the vagaries of chess players, Polar explorers and duplicitous yachtsmen amongst others. It is just a wonderful experience to be confronted with that low, resonant voice telling dark tales over those unique sound textures. For those of you bored with the antics with egomaniacs in bands there were the films projected on the backdrop providing impressionistic details of the stories.

They played a good few tracks from the new album Elegies to Lessons Learnt out on Monday and demonstrated that it will be one of the albums of the year. For the encore they played one of the early ‘kitchen sink’ dramas (or should I say ‘kitchen knife’) and threw themselves into a crescendous BEFORE THE CURTAiNS CLOSE PART 2. iLiKETRAiNS intrigue eyes and ears and brain.


Her Name Is Calla

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