February 1, 2023

Earlier than we wave adieu to 2022 – IST IST – pause for reflection with the philosophical new single: “Mary In The Black And White Room”. A reminder of their keenly-anticipated third album ‘Protagonists’ (slated for Spring 2023 by way of Sort Violence Information), the observe finds the band revealing certainly one of its most cerebral, synth-driven moments.

With shades of traditional OMD, The Remedy and New Order, “Mary In The Black And White Room” effervesces within the darkness with its potent mix of layered synthesisers, darting basslines, and labyrinthine lyrical intrigue.

“Mary…” is impressed by a thought experiment proposed by the thinker Frank Jackson that has since change into generally known as ‘the information argument’ (or ‘Mary’s room’). Hypothesising the work of a scientist referred to as Mary, who exists in a black-and-white world the place she has in depth entry to bodily descriptions of color, however no precise human perceptual expertise of color, Jackson’s idea wonders whether or not Mary will acquire new information if she truly experiences seeing color.

Talking concerning the observe, frontman Adam Houghton says:

“Mary within the Black and White Room is about making an attempt to determine if expertise trumps information. See ‘the Information Argument’ the place the topic, Mary, exists in a black and white world however has in depth descriptions of color, however you don’t know if she is aware of what they really seem like till uncovered to it. Actually fascinating stuff.”

Absorbed by themes explored in Jackson’s idea of physicalism, IST IST create an unconventional love-song-of-sorts. As if reaching out from one other dimension, frontman Adam Houghton delivers a cascade of cryptic couplets and non-sequiturs in his wealthy baritone, trying so as to add color to a world that may very well be a lot greater than monochrome.

The only arrives with an official lyric video created by Shaolin Pete, which elegantly displays the themes explored in “Mary within the Black and White Room”. Watch it BELOW:

“Mary…” swiftly follows the Mancunian submit/punks’ rebel comeback single “Stamp You Out” and the announcement of their upcoming new LP ‘Protagonists’, which shall be launched on 31 March 2023.

An album all about new beginnings, with a nod to the trials and tribulations of affection, tough household relationships and the sensation of being trapped by the previous, ‘Protagonists’ arrives as an attestation to a band positive of their very own id. Owing its title to songwriter Adam Houghton’s magpie-like methodology of writing, the album locations distinguished characters, fictional and non-fictional, into dystopian worlds with new and unsure outcomes. Talking concerning the album, Hougton explains:

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

Blurring the traces between fantasy and actuality, whereas traversing a broader spectrum of genres and sounds than ever earlier than, ‘Protagonists’ will present loads to pore-over for followers new and outdated. Recorded and combined 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).

To mark the discharge, IST IST shall be enjoying a particular hometown launch present for the brand new report on the Manchester Ritz in March subsequent 12 months, plus a set at Whitby’s Tomorrow’s Ghosts Pageant – particulars under. Standby for additional UK stay dates quickly.


MARCH 2023

31 – Manchester Ritz


29 – Whitby – Tomorrow’s Ghosts Pageant

Established in late 2014, IST IST have solid a formidable status on the again of uncompromisingly intense stay 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 Information, the LP discovered vital success within the indie, bodily and vinyl charts.

Second album ‘The Artwork of Mendacity’ was launched in November 2021, peaking at quantity 87 within the UK Prime 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 report from a band hitting their artistic zenith, IST IST will launch ‘Protagonists’ within the Spring of 2023. Hearken to the brand new single “Mary within the Black and White Room” now.


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