Ist Ist post-punks quartet from Manchester have revealed a new single ‘Black’. 

The third single to be taken from their debut album, Architecture, ‘Black’ wastes little time in establishing itself as archetypal ist ist. Almost instantly a motoric drumbeat propels the track forward and refuses to let up, as entwining bass, synth and chiming guitars grow into a swirling crescendo to stand the hairs on the back of your neck on end. With lyrics shot-through with stark and striking imagery, frontman Adam Houghton’s rich baritone delivers them with his typically sonorous and impactful delivery.

Arguably one of the most uncompromising and idiosyncratic acts around, Manchester’s post-punk quartet ist ist have been carving their own niche since their inception just over five years ago. In refusing to bay to industry input of any kind, the band have managed to forge a reputation for being driven and dogmatic, and in doing so have garnered a burgeoning army of fans that are only too happy to follow them up and down the country.

Each single taken from Architecture will have its own accompanying visuals that will make the descent in to ist ist’s psyche all the more visceral, something that should come as little surprise for anyone that’s followed the band since their inception as their AV shows have become integral to the ist ist live experience.

It’s these shows on which ist ist cut their teeth, cementing their reputation as true forces to be reckoned with. This Spring, the band will embark on a seven-date tour of their biggest headline shows to date. The dates are:

6th – Nottingham, Bodega
7th – The Louisiana, Bristol
8th – London, Camden Assembly
9th – Manchester, Academy 2
13th – Birmingham, Dead Wax
14th – Sheffield, Record Junkee
16th – Glasgow, Broadcast

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