Ist Ist’s debut album Architecture lures you down the wet, monochromatic streets of Manchester, UK. Casual fans of Joy Division and Interpol might feel instantly at home but with each listen, Ist Ist reveals a rich tapestry of color woven into the black, whites, and grey that mingle on the surface of each song
IST IST is the latest post punk band to hail from Manchester and based on what we have heard so far, this band is going to be a post-punk mainstay in our collections. The debut album, Architecture, is due out on May 1. In advance of the album, the band has released 3 singles – Wolves, You’re Mine and Black.
Set the wayback machine to the UK in the mid-’80s, and get ready to sway to an excellent dark melodic pop song reminiscent of Modern English, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Joy Division (plus some of the newer purveyors of this sound like the Graveyard Club). The melancholy of Eric Miranda’s deep vocals and his lyrics about tears reflecting the rain are offset by the intricately layered upbeat synth-tinged, bass-driven alt pop-rock.