(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #312: The Ting Tings

By on Thursday, 11th December 2014 at 12:00 pm

Katie White and Jules De Martino are better known as The Ting Tings, an indie pop duo from Salford in Greater Manchester. The pair, who met through a mutual love of Portishead, are best known for their single ‘That’s Not My Name’, which stormed to the top of the Official UK Singles Chart in 2008. The track was taken from their debut album ‘We Started Nothing’, which peaked at #1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.

The follow-up to ‘That’s Not My Name’ also achieved chart success, with single ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go’ narrowly missing out on a top five spot. Whereas the next two singles ‘Be the One’ and ‘We Walk’ didn’t make a significant impact (both peaking at #28), The Tings Tings’ accomplishments didn’t go unrecognised. The duo won XFM Live Breakthrough Act at the Vodafone Live Music Awards 2008, as well as awards for best Festival Pop Act, Best Newcomer and Anthem of the Summer at the UK Festival Awards 2008.

Following a short break, The Ting Tings returned in 2010 with the Calvin Harris-produced single ‘Hands’, a standalone single which peaked at #29 in the Official UK Charts. Hoping to ride upon the success of the track, the duo released their second album ‘Sounds from Nowheresville’ in 2012. The record was greeted to a mediocre reaction from critics and listeners alike, only selling a mere 6,246 copies during its first week on sale. In October 2014, the duo released their third album ‘Super Critical’ through crowdfunding Web site PledgeMusic. The album itself proved to be a solid return for The Ting Tings, as they reverted back to the disco/funk/pop that made them so popular at the start of their career that was well represented by lead single ‘Do It Again’.

On the back of the ‘Super Critical’ album, The Ting Tings are embarking on a six-date tour of Canada and America in January 2015. This is closely followed by a scheduled appearance at SXSW 2015 in Austin and March.

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