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Live Review: The Ting Tings – Tuesday 28th February 2012 – Scala, London, UK

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The Ting Tings have finally returned. The chav-tastic duo of front-woman Katie White and Jules de Martino crashed into the music scene in 2009 with their hit brimming 2008 debut, We Started Nothing. Following the album release the band enjoyed a busy two years of heavy touring and a series of chart topping singles including Great DJ, Shut Up And Let Me Go and the bands internationally adored signature track, That’s Not My Name. The band are also one of the few UK acts to make ripples in the US and abroad, so much so that the pair were nominated for Best New Act at the 2009 Grammy Awards. With success seeming almost effortless for the band they have finally offered us a follow up to their debut release.

Sounds From Nowheresville picks up where We Started Nothing left off and to celebrate it’s release the band set their sights on their first UK tour in 2 years with a stop over at London’s Scala where, with a set list bursting indie-pop lashings, showed The Ting Ting’s have still got it.

After a painful set of songs from a two piece electro-angst support act so insanely boring they could make knitting appear to be an extreme sport, The Ting Ting’s took to the stage of Scala at 9.15pm to a thunderous applause.

Throughout last nights performance we were dished up with a plethora of energy filled indie pop right from the get go.

Opening with one of the bands biggest single releases, Great DJ provided us with a enigmatic introductory to the bands return to the London stage. It’s instantly recognizable staccato chorus got the crowd bouncing around with White as she belted the opening number to the sold out and frenzied crowd.

With the confident front-woman clothed in blue satin and donning a white baseball cap she was in perfect 80’s sync with her band mate who sported white Run DMC t-shirt and his trademark glasses giving the bands appearance a good coating of retro euphoria.

New tracks flowed throughout the set with the notable Give It Back proving a popular early addition and seen the pair passing vocals to one another in the verses before the chorus was revved up into a powerful climax while Fruit Machine allowed the band an opportunity to unleash a grinding backbone of funk through an infectious inclusion to the set.

The bands offering of the phenomenal Shut Up And Let Me Go was the pinnacle of the set and seen the the 700 strong crowd enthusiastically and proudly chanting back to White within the steering chorus before the band transformed the venue into a strobe filled rave with new track, Hands, a song described by White as being written for people to dance to and it definitely succeeded. Strobe lights and a grinding club drenched pulse ran through and shook the walls of the venue as the band unleashed a truly intense number very unlike previous tracks the band have become known for but one that closed the set on an electrified high.

Making a brief exit from the stage the duo returned to their fans with their signature hit That’s Not My Name which ended the night in pure, inspiring Ting Ting’s fashion.

A fantastic night of new and old from one of the UK’s more recent musical successes.

Set list:

Great DJ
Hang It Up
Give It Back
Fruit Machine
Guggenheim
Hit Me Down Sonny
We Walk
Shut Up And Let Me Go
Hands
That’s Not My Name