iLIKETRAiNS - A Rook House For Bobby

Stewart 27/09/2005

Rating: 4/5

iLIKETRAiNS- A Rook House For Bobby

When former chess champion Bobby Fischer said he wanted to live in a house shaped like a rook, I expect it was in the knowledge that 40 years on, someone would write a song about it... or not.

iLiKETRAiNS seem to be to Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai what Hope Of The States are to Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Taking the longer instrumentals of the former, condensing them into a more consumer friendly length, and adding vocals.

A Rook House for Bobby, their second single, is a slow burner that gradually builds to a climax, with singer Dave repeating "We'll build this Rook House for Bobby" over a wall of ever louder guitars, strings and horns. Their influences are clear, but nevertheless this is still a great tune, and the quirky subject matter sets it apart from a lot of similar bands.