Golden Age of Steam

first_imgBy Jack Marley-PayneiLiKETRAiNS are an interesting prospect: dressed in British Rail uniforms, bearded and surly, they play epic songs about obscure historical events (viz the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Percival). Thankfully, in person they are friendly and unpretentious- pretension being a quality they are keen to deny their music possesses. ‘The stories just seem to come to us,’ singer Guy Bannister explained. ‘Sometimes we hear about something that sticks in our mind – we don’t go out searching.’  This is well illustrated by the inspiration for their new single ‘The Deception.’ After a drunken night in Paris, trumpeter Ashley found a message saved on his phone instructing him to research Donald Crowhurst. The band discovered he had entered a race to sail around the globe and claimed to have achieved a record time. In truth, he had just been messing about in the Atlantic.Though the choice of topics seems impersonal, the band undeniably have a passion for the music. As each song reaches its inevitable climax, all members thrash their instruments with all their might. They explained that their aim is to ‘bring history to life.’ ‘The subject can be so dry in textbooks. Putting it in a song can help people empathise with the characters.’ This, however, can be hard to do when the lyrics are often little more than a few clichés said over and over – ‘I needed you like I needed a hole in the head.’The music itself is out of step with current fashion. Their songs often last well over five minutes and have long slow builds, a sharp contrast to the up tempo, dance friendly indie that dominates at the moment.  ‘We thought all that was going to end with Arcade Fire,’ Guy confessed. He believed Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party were good at what they did, but that the trend had run its course. Arcade Fire seemed to promise a return to more serious music with greater dynamic variation. As we all know this was not to be: superficiality has just kept rising since then. World conquering or not, they are keen to keep going. With a cult following, known as railcard holders, their tour is going well and they seem in good spirits (and clean to boot). Guy is already talking of a new album: ‘We definitely want it to be different but we’ve no idea how.’ This is an admirable sentiment since there is a distinct lack of variety on their most recent release. The aspirations of their music are promising and it certainly can be rousing. Its lack of invention and catchy melodies, though, mean it is unlikely iLiKETRAiNS will be starting a revolution any time soon.last_img read more

Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge: Rank Your Must-See Musical Performances!

first_img Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the November 12 episode of The Broadway.com Show. STEP 3 — PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top ten list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one or sign in with Facebook at this point.) STEP 1 — SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your ten favorites and click the “continue” button. Have you heard the news? The staffers at Broadway.com are wild about Culturalist, the website that lets you rank and create your own top 10 lists. In fact, we love it so much that we’ve partnered with them! Every week, we’re bringing you a new Broadway-themed topic for you to rank on Culturalist.com. We’ll announce the 10 most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday! Last week, Samantha Barks took the top spot for the star you’d most like to see play Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. This week, we’re asking you a really tough one: Of all the stellar performances on the Great White Way right now, which are your top 10 picks? To start us off, Broadway.com site producer Joanne Villani posted her list of must-see stars here!center_img View Comments STEP 2 — RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.last_img read more

#Donkomi: Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu joins RB Leipzig on loan

first_imgChelsea defender, Ethan Ampadu has joined the Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig on a season-long loan.The Welsh international did not have many opportunities to play for the first team under Sarri last season although he signed a five-year contract extension in September of 2018.The 18-year-old has been admired by new Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard, but will have to let go of the young lad for a season.“I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year, so I’m a big fan,” he said.“But with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him.“I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence, we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”Ethan joining RB Leipzig will see the 18-year-old get more game time and develop.Yet despite Chelsea’s transfer ban, Lampard believes that Chelsea’s midfield strength means the Wales international will be better served this season by plying his trade elsewhere.The teenager had attracted interest from a number of clubs including Aston Villa and some other Championship sides but the Welsh have signed with RB Leipzig where he will wear the No. 26 shirt.“I am very happy to be at RB Leipzig and start the season with the team,” said Ampadu. “I want to get to know the team as quickly as possible and integrate myself.“I’ve been following and seeing how fantastic young players have developed here over the last few years and what potential there is in this club.“So, it’s the perfect step for me.”It also means that he will garner Champions League experience, with RBL having finished third in the Bundesliga last season.last_img read more

Update: Republic Bank Robbery arraignment

first_imgAdding to the 4 years sentence for the possession of fire arms and ammunition, Jamal Haynes was also charged with an additional 2 years imprisonment for his involvement in the foil robbery at Republic Bank Limited.Also charged earlier today were, Keron Saunders; Gladston George, the Police Constable who allegedly supplied the gun and transported the hostage; Anfami Blackman; and Republic Bank employee, Shawn Raymond, all plead not guilty to the same charge and were remanded to prison to awaiting trial.The trail is set to continue on August 11, 2017.last_img read more