Formed in 2001, Ist soon signed to independent label Pink Box Records, releasing The Adult Tree EP. Full-length debut Freudian Corduroy followed eighteen months later, following an extensive UK tour, spawning both the official single Similarly Inclined/Tonto and the infamous Boyfriend. Reviews compared the band to Syd Barrett fronting the Beatles, and the record built up a steady following of 'istians' around the world. 2005's King Martha, which saw the debut of bass player John McCourt, garnered them further rave reviews, a slot at the BBC 6music-sponsored Summer Sundae festival and an eight week stay at #1 in the Russian download charts. In September 2005, Brett Richardson - who had guested on King Martha, playing bassoon - joined the band full-time for the King Martha tour. In 2006, Kenton Hall was voted by MOJO readers as one of the top 20 'Songwriters of Substance' and a special edition of King Martha was released by Italian label MODA Music in March 2007. Following a conversation with legendary songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson, work began on follow-up album Toothpick Bridge. Looking to move their sound forward, the band recruited producer Jay Burnett responsible for classic albums in a wide variety of styles, including work on the seminal Planet Rock and Bert Jansch's When the Circus Comes to Town, which was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. Guests on the new album include Melvin Duffy (The Lilac Time, Robbie Williams), Dorie Jackson (Chris Difford, Francis Dunnery), Gaz Birtles, John Barrow and Dean Sargent (The Swinging Laurels), Jay Lyndsay, John Budding and Paul Swannell. Toothpick Bridge will be released on August 17, 2009.