The chart positions might not be as high as they were in 2008, but Ting Tings still know a thing or two about making music you can dance to. At the end of November, they played a home gig (well, it was for Mancunian Katie White) in Manchester’s Deaf Institute.
If you’re curious about the name of the venue, it was originally a Deaf Institute before being abandoned, then turned into a pub/live music venue.
Ting Tings arrived on stage, with Jules De Martino played the opening riffs to Wrong Club, which they played, before merging into fellow new release Do It Again.
Between each song, De Martino teased the audience by drumming the intro to Shut Up And Let Me Go. Eventually, the third song would be Shut Up And Let Me Go.
Well, it would be eventually, as techincal difficulties saw them leave the stage for a few minutes. The support band (Ted Zed, who were actually very good) also had technical difficulties during their set.
Once the technical difficulties were overcome, it was back with the show, with Shut Up And Let Me Go being played, third time lucky. Poor Jules must have been in danger of getting RSI, constantly drumming that intro.
It was brilliantly chaotic, and chaotically brilliant, with the crowd clapping along, and dancing in unison, as well as shouting the “HEY!!!” where appropriate during Shut Up And Let Me Go.
More of their hits were played, such as Great DJ and their only chart topper, That’s Not My Name, currently being used in a soft drink commerical. It seems quite apt, as the Ting Tings specialise in fizzy pop.