EP Review: Ist Ist – Everything Is Different Now

Just under a year since their debut EP release, Manchester based post-punk trio Ist Ist are back with their latest EP ‘Everything Is Different Now‘, their most ambitious, solid effort to date. This EP even sees their “most radio-friendly effort” to date in the form of ‘Jennifer’s Lips‘, the most upbeat and by far the catchiest track on ‘Everything Is Different Now’ with striking riffs and synth use.

The aptly named ‘Entry‘ opens the EP with its bleak, industrial soundscape. It’s an eerie instrumental track which lulls you into a haunting, metallic scene with slashes of harsh instrumentation amongst the ambience. The calm before the storm doesn’t last long before ‘Exist‘ kicks everything off with its brisk, driven demeanour from the word go. It’s catchy, danceable yet still doom-laden.

Son Is The Father‘ starts off on a stark, rawer note with its building bassline but this all erupts early on into rolling melodies and intricate guitar hits. All this before erupting into its anthemic chorus which repeats the EP’s namesake. Beyond the aforementioned ‘Jennifer’s Lips’ the EP takes a mellower, contrasting turn with the ambient ‘I Want To Disappear‘. Piano melodies dominate the track amongst velvety vocals. ‘Undignified‘ initially carries this forward until it bursts into a storm of guitars combined with soaring synth use.

‘Everything Is Different Now’ certainly shows how far Ist Ist have come over the past year with the band refining and even maturing their already strong sound. Ist Ist are set to tour in support of this EP release and you can catch them at the following dates:

28th February – Lending Room, Leeds
1st March – Sebright Arms, London
9th March – Café Totem, Sheffield
15th March – Rough Trade, Nottingham
16th March – Gorilla, Manchester
30th March – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

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