IST IST captured the collective imagination of the ACSOM team after we heard their latest single A NEW LOVE SONG, the video of which can be viewed here:
Undoubtedly executing shades of Joy Division, Interpol and The Slow Readers Club, IST IST release their debut album Architecture on 1st May 2020 on Kind Violence.
With a fiercely independent DIY ethic, IST IST have played the game by their own terms, releasing a string of impressive singles and EPs completely independently and escalating in size almost exclusively by word of mouth. Their debut Architecture is the blueprint of what the band have been working towards since their formation in 2014 finally fully formed. A clash of loping baselines, hairpin-tight guitar riffs, and elegiac synthesisers, IST IST invite the listener into a dystopian world envisioned by frontman and songwriter Adam Houghton. Underpinned by his striking baritone, Architecture delivers 10 songs of artfully monochromatic and clinically executed post-punk.
Established in late 2014, IST IST have forged a formidable reputation on the back of uncompromising, intense headline shows at prestigious Manchester venues such as The Ritz, Gorilla and The Deaf Institute.
Through word of mouth and two UK tours, they have grown in size without label or management support to the point where they are outselling established touring bands. Accompanying these live shows, the band have released five singles and, in April 2018, their debut EP Spinning Rooms was greeted with acclaim from independent publications, won admirers from across the world and received regular airplay from Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6.
Expanding to a four-piece at the conclusion of the 2018 tour, second EP Everything Is Different Now was released in January 2019 to similar acclaim and supported by a second UK tour. Through sheer determination, hard work and a bulging catalogue of songs, IST IST continue to silence the doubters and move from strength to strength. Displaying an arrogance akin to the greatest Manchester bands, IST IST are constructing their own mould rather than attempting to fit into one. It’s time to listen.
Order Architecture HERE.