Indie rockers, The Ting Tings hail from Manchester. They are one of my favorite bands. I would say my favorite band. Their career has been on a downward slide since their breakout hit “That's Not My Name” back in 2008. Follow up album Sounds From Nowheresville produced not a single hit, except for a surprising top ten hit with “Hang It Up” in Japan.
I was mistaken in my October Supposition article in saying that they were dropped from their record label. They left Sony and decided to start their own label, Finca.
For what they are The Ting Tings are an artist's artist. They like creative control and they are very visual. One of the reasons they're the topic of Snapshot Saturday is how much there was to pick from. For only three albums under their belts they've done a good job branding themselves.
Each record proves how much range they have or want to have. It also doesn't hurt that lead vocalist Katie White is absolutely adorable. Sexy. No, but definitely cute. Then, you have drummer, back up singer, anything you can imagine in the second part of the duo, Jules De Martino. As long as this man has his sunglasses on, he is sexy as can be. Without them. Eh. It is what it is.
I am thoroughly enjoying Super Critical now that it is in my hands. The Ting Tings decided not to release the album on CD in the United States, so I had to order it from England. It took forever. And, now they've decided there will be a physical release date for the United States. January 13th of 2015. Put it on your calendars.
Now for the kind of fan I am. Waiting three months for this album was not in the cards. I am glad to have it in my hands. I'm assuming the physical release date will coincide with some form of an American tour. Hopefully, I will see them. If I do. I will tell you. It will be everything.
The album I might add is very good. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. My personal favorites being “Only Love” and “Failure”. It's great. Now it is all that Daft Punk bullshit I said it would be, but it's The Ting Tings. And, they slay and I love it. It's a strong new-disco record.
Thank you Ting Tings for this gift. Side note that after six years, Jules has yet to improve his diction. I will grant that it's a little bit better, but he's there singing his verses, and as a native English speaker, I can make no heads of it.