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Album Review: The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing

By on Monday, 25th August 2008 at 7:11 pm

I am decidedly torn on the Ting Tings album, their debut album We Started Nothing is by no means their first attempt to break into the pop world. Katie White the female ‘ting’, has tried her luck before with girl group TKO but was painfully rejected. Her second attempt was part of the three piece ensemble that was Dear Eskiimo, a group that also had the other ‘ting’ Jules De Martino but once again they were kicked to the curb.

The Ting TingsSomeone up there in executive music land must have been smiling, no grinning down on these two, for they refused to lie down, the heavy artillery that Columbia records pulled out for these two was more than impressive, Mike Pickering and the US super heavy weight producer Rick Rubin came together and were able to persuade the duo that they had something that no other pop band on any shore had to offer. To be fair they were right, you throw in some Bjork style catchy annoyance, add a pinch, no throw in a bucket load of subliminal repetition and the pot that is the Ting Tings has started to bubble. The recipe is far from over, some random lyrics that despite all reasoning are still able to penetrate your mind’s enjoyment sphere and you find your shoulder twitching, at this point all is nearly lost, the Ting Ting’s revolution is close to completion.

As the CD spins away in your machine, you find you want to join in, you want to scream at the thinking part of you that is trying to reel you away from the edge of reason after all in which lyrical world is a verse starting and ending with “don’t you be a traffic light” followed by one that does the same with “don’t you be a round-a-bout” considered good music, when the lines between barely amount to audio fluff? And yet, I repeat and yet, your feet are shuffling and doing a slide that is reminiscent to a toddler trying to avoid a puddle because even your muscle fibres are refusing to adhere to your conscious commands. Herein lies the genius of the Ting Tings, their music is an abolition of reason, it’s a return to the simplistic days of early teen-dom, where music was about jumping around your bedroom while thrashing your head in all directions.

To attempt to dissect this album using conventional literary mediums, after all they have inserted the lyrics on the album sleeve will leave you with nothing but question marks and a vacuous region where substance should reside. It’s quite simply pop, it grows on you like bacteria on cheese, the flip side of bacteria is when its properties are harnessed you get Yakult the friendly bacteria that does your stomach a host of good! Can the same be said of your senses, unfortunately yes, or fortunately so if you’ve shelled out the £8 odd pounds for the musical coaster as despite the annoyingly repetitive nature of every song on the album it does force you to crack a smile and send you back to a simpler time when all things were settled with a bag of sweets and a marble.


Ting Tings / May UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 2nd April 2008 at 5:15 pm

The Ting TingsThe Ting Tings have announced a new tour for May, hot off the heals of their April UK tour. Do they ever stop? Who knows.

Tickets for some dates are on sale now, priced at £12, others go on sale on Friday (4th April) at some price I’m not really sure about!

Thursday 15th May – Brighton Komedia (Great Escape Festival – Club NME)
Friday 16th May – Brighton Concorde 2 (Great Escape Festival)
Saturday 17th May – Newcastle Northumbria University
Sunday 18th May – Manchester Academy 2
Monday 19th May – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 20th May – Birmingham Irish Centre
Thursday 22nd May – London Astoria
Friday 23rd May – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 24th May – Glasgow QMU
Sunday 25th May – Leeds Cockpit


MTV Brand Spanking New Tours / April and May 2008

By on Tuesday, 4th March 2008 at 10:21 pm

The Ting TingsThe Pigeon Detectives, Fratellis, Zutons and CSS have all been announced to be headlining their own three night UK and Ireland tours for MTV as part of their “Brand Spanking New” tours. Some of the best names and up and coming names in the music biz will be making their way around the country, playing venues smaller than they normally do. So be sure to get your tickets when they go on sale on Friday (7th March) at 9am.

The Pigeon Detectives / The Metros / The Rascals
Monday 28th April – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 29th April – London Islington Academy
Wednesday 30th April – Liverpool Academy

The Fratellis / The Ting Tings / Alphabeat
Sunday 27th April – Cambridge Junction
Monday 28th April – London Islington Academy
Tuesday 29th April – Liverpool Carling Academy

The Zutons / One Night Only / The Script
Sunday 4th May – Cardiff University
Monday 5th May – Glasgow ABC
Tuesday 6th May – Dublin Academy

CSS / The Futureheads / MGMT
Monday 5th May – Cardiff University
Tuesday 6th May – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 7th May – Dublin Academy


NME 2008 UK + Ireland Tour

By on Thursday, 15th November 2007 at 8:08 pm

The Cribs - taken from their MyspaceThe Cribs, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, Does It Offend You Yeah? and The Ting Tings have all been confirmed for the 2008 NME Awards 2008 Shockwaves tour. They’ll embark on a month long tour of debauchery, destruction and general childishness around the UK and Ireland throughout February next year.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £15.50 each, but are sure to sell out for most dates pretty quickly.

Tuesday 29th January – Belfast Mandela Hall
Wednesday30th January – Dublin Ambassador Theatre
Friday 1st February – Glasgow Barrowland
Saturday 2nd February – Manchester Academy
Sunday 3rd February – Newcastle Carling Academy
Monday 4th February – Lincoln Engine Shed
Wednesday 6th February – Birmingham Carling Academy
Thursday 7th February – Liverpool University
Friday 8th February – Leeds University
Monday 11th February – Sheffield Octagon
Tuesday 12th February – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 13th February – Norwich UEA
Friday 15th February – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 16th February – Leicester University
Sunday 17th February – Oxford Carling Academy
Tuesday 19th February – Bristol Carling Academy
Wednesday 20th February – Cardiff University
Thursday 21st February – Portsmouth Pyramid
Friday 22nd February – London Brixton Academy


XFM Winter Wonderland Tour announced

By on Friday, 2nd November 2007 at 5:50 pm

Bloc Party's Kele OkerekeXFM have announced details of a string of Winter Wonderland UK Tour dates, with all sorts of megastars lined up to play some sensational gigs.

As with previous years, all dates are in aid of Shelter, the homeless charity.

Tickets go on sale next Friday (9th November) at 9am, but many of the headlining bands and XFM members can get them as soon as next Wednesday or Thursday by pre-registering or such like.

Sunday 9th December – London Brixton Academy
Bloc Party, Supergrass, Kate Nash, One Night Only, School of Rock Winner
Monday 10th December – Glasgow Academy
Stereophonics, The Twang, Special Guests, Figure 5, School of Rock Winner
Tuesday 11th December – Manchester Apollo
The Charlatans, Special Guests, The Courteeners, The Ting Tings, School of Rock Winner
Wednesday 12th December – Cardiff University
Super Furry Animals, The Enemy, Kids In Glass Houses, Special guests, Duffy (accoustic set)

Photo is taken from Shane Bee’s flickr stream under the creative commons license


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