Trailer: A Divorce Before Marriage
"After the loss of their record deal, we document three years in the lives of I Like Trains as five artists navigate a brave new world.
Over five years, we have seen the record industry change beyond recognition; the money has disappeared and bands have been left to fend for themselves. However, where other bands may have thrown in the towel, I Like Trains have picked themselves up and gone out on their own, continuing to make unique records through the DIY model that independent music now subscribes to.”
I met the filmmakers of this while shooting at Beacons Festival. (We got chatting after I got very jealous of the Red Epic they were shooting on.) I Like Trains are something of a Leeds fixture and were international indie darlings only a few years ago. They’re an awesome band, and at least one of them is a good guy (drummer Simon runs a PR label I sometimes work with). This movie looks so artful and honest that I wish I could watch it now. The only stories like this that really seem to get told are those of failure - or ones of the success of new artists. Seeing how an act like ILT have sustained after being dropped speaks a lot to the resilience of artistry and the longevity of music — where the industry changes, an act perseveres, and their music lives.
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