Ist you Ist, or Ist you ain’t…….
A new year means new music, and here at Flick Of The Finger, we are proud to bring you such new acts. And 2019 is getting off to a great start already with the release of the new E.P from Ist Ist, and it’s called, Everything Is Different Now.
The Manchester based band first came to prominence with their first successful E.P, Spinning Rooms, and caught the attention of Radio 6 music legend, Steve Lamacq. Everything Is Different Now certainly lives up to it’s name when it comes to the sound of the band. Be a bit boring if everything sounded the same now, wouldn’t it?
The E.P begins with, Entry. A real industrial sounding opener, with a slicing sound that is perfect to jump into, Exist. And if you are a fan of Joy Division, you are gonna love this. Synthesizer driven and has a feel of Twentyfourhours by the said same band. This song is pure synth rock bliss.
Next song up is Son Is The Father. And what a pity Gary Numan was already spoken for with Tubeway Army in his heyday, as Ist Ist would’ve been the perfect band for him. A real new wave blast from the past, right from the very sound of the bass guitar, through the deep, dark vocals and right to the very last note. Brilliant stuff.
Song number four is Jennifer’s Lips. And it keeps up the new wave momentum, with the great line of, “Jennifer’s Lips are full of venom, and it’s heaven”. This song is on par with anything that The Sisters Of Mercy did in the 80’s and early 90’s. I dare anyone not to sing along to this particular number.
The tempo goes down a notch with, I Want To Disappear. An electronica ballad if you will, without losing the identity of the band and their music style. Subtle, yet stylish. The last track is, Undignified. A slow beginning, before it bursts into life, with a deep and booming call of the song title. A note to other bands, THIS is how you end an album or E.P with a great song.
Ist Ist will be a name to look out for this year. Why? Because they have that widespread appeal to the likes of Joy Division, Sisters Of Mercy, Gary Numan. Yet make it their own so easily. And if this the standard of the E.P, then the album will be a belter. Superb listening from beginning to end.
Everything Is Different Now E.P is available across all formats on Friday January 25th.
You can catch the band on tour at the following venues and dates –
30th January Hebden Bridge The Trades Club (Independent Venue Week)
28th February Leeds Lending Room
1st March London Sebright Arms
5th March Hull The Polar Bear
9th March Sheffield Cafe Totem
15th March Nottingham Rough Trade
16th March Manchester Gorilla
30th March Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s