February 6, 2023
Photograph credit score: Tom White/Black Rock Inventive

IST IST launch into 2023 with the exhilarating new single: “One thing Has To Give”. A music that’s all about making contemporary begins, taking dangers, and writing new chapters; this well timed launch opens the brand new yr with a tantalising glimpse into the Manchester band’s subsequent studio album, ‘Protagonists’, which arrives on 31 March (by way of Sort Violence Data).

Pulling a handbrake activate the serene electronica of the earlier single “Mary In The Black And White Room”, Ist Ist’s follow-up act kicks issues up one other gear altogether. Pushed by piston-like percussive and veering guitar traces that speed up headlong into oblivion, “One thing Has To Give” is a shot of pure adrenaline that rushes and dissipates all too quickly.

Providing a cryptic synopsis of the brand new single, frontman Adam Houghton says: “One thing Has To Give” is all about new beginnings. It’s a kind of stick-or-twist scenario. Do you agree or go for it?”

The brand new single swiftly follows the rebel comeback observe “Stamp You Out” and “Mary in The Black and White Room”, all of which level the best way to their upcoming new LP ‘Protagonists’, out this Spring.

“One thing Has To Give” echoes one of many central themes at play within the album. A file that dwells on the prospect of latest beginnings, it’s additionally one which touches on the trials and tribulations of affection, difficult household relationships, and the sensation of being trapped by the previous. Owing its title to songwriter Adam Houghton’s magpie-like methodology of writing, the album locations outstanding characters, fictional and non-fictional, into dystopian worlds with new and unsure outcomes. Opening up concerning the album Hougton explains:

“My course of has all the time been taking inspiration from every little thing round me together with however not restricted to TV, Books, Films, newspapers, Articles on Wikipedia, Crime Documentaries and many others. I then use these sources to craft fictitious tales round an imagined persona. The title ‘Protagonists” appeared to work with this methodology.”

Watch the video for the brand new single “One thing Has To Give” – BELOW:

Blurring the traces between fantasy and actuality, whereas traversing a broader spectrum of genres and sounds than ever earlier than, ‘Protagonists’ will present a lot to pore over for followers new and outdated. Recorded and blended by Michael Whalley and IST IST at Milkshed Studios, the album was mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound (The Nationwide, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol).

Touring the discharge, IST IST can be hitting the street for a run of UK headline exhibits in Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and London, plus a set at Whitby’s Tomorrow’s Ghosts Pageant in April. The Manchester band may also be enjoying an unmissable hometown launch present for ‘Protagonists’ on the O2 Ritz on 31 March. All dates and particulars are beneath:


MARCH 2023
31 – Manchester Ritz

13 – Glasgow – King Tut’s
14 – Newcastle – The Cluny
15 – Nottingham – Bodega
20 – Birmingham – Hare and Hounds
21 – Bristol – Thekla
22 – London – Omeara
29 – Whitby – Tomorrow’s Ghosts Pageant

Tickets can be on sale now right here.

Established in late 2014, IST IST has solid a formidable popularity on the again of uncompromisingly intense dwell exhibits and a fierce DIY work ethic. Releasing their debut album ‘Structure’ within the midst of the pandemic on their very own label Sort Violence Data, the LP discovered vital success within the indie, bodily and vinyl charts.

The second album ‘The Artwork of Mendacity’ was launched in November 2021, peaking at quantity 87 within the UK High 100 and firmly establishing the band as one of many main lights of a brand new period for music born in Manchester. The discharge was adopted by a ten-date UK tour together with sold-out exhibits in Manchester, London and Bristol, in addition to a string of sell-out European dates too. The band will launch their much-anticipated third album, ‘Protagonists’ in 2023.

A compulsive, character-driven file from a band hitting its artistic zenith, IST IST will launch ‘Protagonists’ within the Spring of 2023.


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