February 5, 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 Form Violence Data), the observe finds the band revealing one in every 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 often known as ‘the data 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 principle wonders whether or not Mary will acquire new data if she really 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 data. 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 attention-grabbing stuff.”

Absorbed by themes explored in Jackson’s principle 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 could possibly 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 can 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 technique of writing, the album locations outstanding characters, fictional and non-fictional, into dystopian worlds with new and unsure outcomes. Talking concerning the album, Hougton explains:

“My course of has at all times been taking inspiration from the whole lot round me together with however not restricted to TV, Books, Films, Newspaper, 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 technique.”

Blurring the strains between fantasy and actuality, whereas traversing a broader spectrum of genres and sounds than ever earlier than, ‘Protagonists’ will present lots 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).

To mark the discharge, IST IST can be taking part in a particular hometown launch present for the brand new document on the Manchester Ritz in March subsequent yr, plus a set at Whitby’s Tomorrow’s Ghosts Competition – particulars beneath. Standby for additional UK reside dates quickly.


MARCH 2023

31 – Manchester Ritz


29 – Whitby – Tomorrow’s Ghosts Competition

Established in late 2014, IST IST have cast a formidable repute on the again of uncompromisingly intense reside exhibits and a fierce DIY work ethic. Releasing their debut album ‘Structure’ within the midst of the pandemic on their very own label Form Violence Data, the LP discovered important 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 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 document from a band hitting their artistic zenith, IST IST will launch ‘Protagonists’ within the Spring of 2023. Take heed to the brand new single “Mary within the Black and White Room” now.


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