Sounds, hopes and dreams with Alcest and I Like Trains

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 16:38

For ten days Robert Smith’s Meltdown is set to rock Southbank Centre as a succession of top acts take to our three stages. But who are all these top musical talents descending on our concreted corner of the capital?

To get to know some of the bands on this year’s bill a little better we propositioned them with three questions. What they’re listening to, what they’re looking forward to about the festival and, if they were curator, who would be the first act they’d add to their own Meltdown line-up?

First to give us their sounds, hopes and dream additions were Neige from Alcest, and David Martin from I Like Trains

Neige, Alcest

Alcest are a blackgaze band from the Occitanie région of France, founded and led by Neige (pictured right). Here, the incredibly talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist looks forward to Meltdown and the chance to meet a new audience.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

These days I've been listening a lot to Kate Bush, the album Vespertine by Björk, the last Beach House album, Violator by Depeche Mode, and Tool. 

What are you looking forward to most about playing at Meltdown?

Playing our full Kodama album in its entirety for the first time. Also the opportunity to play for a different type of audience to our usual crowd. 

If you were the curator of Meltdown, who is the first act you'd add on to your bill, and why?

Probably the post-rock band Hammock because they almost never play live and I love them. Grimes too, since she rarely plays in Europe. 

Alcest perform their latest album Kodama for Robert Smith’s Meltdown, with support from US artist Emma Ruth Rundle, on Sunday 17 June.

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I Like Trains

David Martin, I Like Trains

David Martin (pictured, second left) is singer and guitarist with the Leeds-based alternative post-rock band I Like Trains. Coming from a band who’ve always had a committed local following, it’s perhaps no surprise to see Martin championing a fellow West Yorkshire group as he looks ahead to Meltdown.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

I’m currently enjoying albums by FACS, Parquet Courts, Ought and Head Technician. I can’t wait to hear more from Drahla, a young band from Wakefield who are also on the Meltdown bill. Good noisy fun.

What are you looking forward to most about playing at Meltdown?

It’s always a pleasure to play in venues like Queen Elizabeth Hall, and a place on Robert Smith's Meltdown lineup is really very flattering. He’s been a huge influence to us for a long time. I also can’t wait to see what maybeshewill do with a string and brass section. Huge.

If you were the curator of Meltdown, who is the first act you'd add on to your bill, and why?

You’ve got to try to make the impossible happen with these things. Do you reckon we could tempt the remaining members of The Birthday Party out to play? Probably not, but that’s the dream

I Like Trains play Robert Smith’s Meltdown on Sunday 24 June as support for the instrumental band maybeshewill

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