Album Title: King Martha
Release Date: August 14, 2005
Genre: Rock
King Martha is British trio ist's coming-of-age record. They wanted to capture that crazy process of growing up on record, and after all the band underwent between after the release of their debut and the recording of King Martha, they should know what they're talking about. Not only did ist lose it's lead guitarist before they could record their second record, but original bassist Detroit Robbins died suddenly from heart failure. Touted more than once as Leicester's "next big thing", ist mix the hard with the soft on their new record. The accordion, which seems to be growing more popular by the second, is the centerpiece on "An Invasion of Crows", while "Evelyn Harper" sounds like an attempt at the Velvet Underground's bizarro sing/speak story "The Gift". Whether or not ist will ever break the North American bubble is uncertain, as they don't sound like any of the bands currently making an impression on our shores. Who knows, maybe the next wave will be the one ist catches.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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