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ist are, exactly as you find them, a group a musicians trying to create a body of work that brings people together in a shared knowledge of their hopes, dreams, disappointments and annoyance at people who wear cashmere.

From their angry odd-rock debut "Freudian Corduroy" through their eclectic, lushly-arranged sophomore effort "King Martha" and on to the forthcoming, as yet untitled, third album... ist's work is varied, yet tied together by a single thread.

Singer Kenton Hall sums it up thusly, "The feeling from which we always work is this. You walk into your front room and see your small daughter lying, peacefully asleep, on the sofa. Eyes rolled back in her head, tongue lolling to one side. And you gaze at her, with love in your heart, and think...

God, she looks like her mother."


"Unlike Skegness' tourist board who might falsely claim that there's something for everyone, in Ist's case it happens to be true" - Manchester Music

"Intelligent lyrics, instrumental artistry, an amazing blend of sleek pop and very grown up ideas. Is it rock? is it pop? Is it Jazz? Does it matter?" - BBC Collective

"A uniformly appealing album filled with memorable tunes, King Martha is lightweight pop in the best possible sense of the term." - Stewart Mason, All Music

"A strident and, dare we say, sexy, little pop number that doesn't even have the cheek to out-stay it's welcome. Top Stuff." - Record Collector

"With insightful lyrics delivered in a vocal that sounds like Bob Geldof raised on soul, it's an LP that drips sentiment and is in, in turn, uplifting and melancholic. " - Cat Turnell, Leicester Mercury

"A 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band' for the post-millennium generation." - Skidmark

"King Martha has its own vibe, its own personality, and its own place in rock 'n' roll. It's sexual and complex and at the same time simple and funny. This is what happens when you put a Canadian, an Englishman, and a Scotsman in a band, and believe me - this melting pot of musical talents needs to happen more often." - Left Off the Dial

"The lyrics are utterly brilliant... There are no bad songs on this album" - The Mag

"There are diamonds here, now you go get them... " - Unpeeled

"Smart lyrics, catchy tunes, and a nice, friendly website into the bargain." - Neil Gaiman

"I'm not sure if it's completely because of the lyrics, or if it's more likely the fault of the catchy horn and guitar riffs. But for whatever reason, these guys are addictive." - You Ain't No Picasso

"When you're up there collecting your Mercury Music Prize in a year or two, I shall be sitting at home thinking, I always knew they'd be big... " - Iain Banks

"The songs weave through moods and textures beautifully, with some immaculate performances and arrangements." - Project Marv

"These tunes as pure sex!" - DIVE magazine

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ist Biography

The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn, a.k.a. Jim McGuinn, remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial success of contemporaries like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones for a short period (1965-66), The Byrds are today considered by critics to be one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. Initially, they pioneered the musical genre of folk rock, melding the influence of The Beatles and other British Invasion bands with contemporary and traditional folk music. As the 1960s progressed, the band was also influential in originating psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock.

The band's signature blend of clear harmony singing and McGuinn's jangly twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar has continued to be influential on popular music up to the present day. Among the band's most enduring songs are their cover versions of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Pete Seeger's "Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)", along with the self-penned originals, "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", "Eight Miles High", "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Ballad of Easy Rider" and "Chestnut Mare".

The original five-piece line-up of The Byrds consisted of Jim McGuinn (lead guitar, vocals), Gene Clark (tambourine, vocals), David Crosby (rhythm guitar, vocals), Chris Hillman (bass guitar, vocals), and Michael Clarke (drums). However, this version of the band was relatively short-lived and by early 1966, Clark had left due to problems associated with anxiety and his increasing isolation within the group. The Byrds continued as a quartet until late 1967, when Crosby and Clarke also departed the band. McGuinn and Hillman decided to recruit new members, including country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, but by late 1968, Hillman and Parsons had also exited the band. McGuinn, who by this time had changed his name to Roger after a flirtation with the Subud religion, elected to rebuild the band's membership and between 1968 and 1973, he helmed a new incarnation of The Byrds, featuring guitarist Clarence White among others. McGuinn disbanded the then current line-up in early 1973, to make way for a reunion of the original quintet. The Byrds' final album was released in March 1973, with the reunited group disbanding soon afterwards.

Several former members of the band went on to successful careers of their own, either as solo artists or as members of such groups as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Desert Rose Band. In the late 1980s, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke both began touring as The Byrds, prompting a legal challenge from McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman over the rights to the band's name. As a result of this, McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman performed a series of reunion concerts as The Byrds in 1989 and 1990, and also recorded four new Byrds' songs.

In January 1991, The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an occasion that saw the five original members performing together for the last time. McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman still remain active but Gene Clark died of a heart attack in 1991, and Michael Clarke died of liver failure in 1993.

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