They stormed the local UK music scene with an unusual name and a unique tune. With beats that bring you back to the disco fever of the 70s, and wordplay that blows your mind, The Ting Tings are out and coming with not just a few crazy melodies, but a fine new breed of musicality, as well. The 2-man group of Katie White and Jules de Martino is not your typical band. Instead of joining the bandwagon of RnB and the noisy world of rock, The Ting Tings opted to make music the way they want it using their mix of disco and indie pop tunes. They sing about what they like and create notes that reflect their whims with the Ting Tings lyrics that have people go, “Say what?".
The Ting Tings kicked it off worldwide with the release of their debut album We Started Nothing. From the very first track, you could already sense that this band means to be deviant in terms of style and their overall approach to music. Great DJ has an in-your-face, I-don't-care rebel appeal to it that you just can't ignore the lyrics, Fed up with your indigestion/Swallow your words one by one/Your folks got high at a quarter to five/Don't you feel you're growing up undone? The song reminds you of a nursery rhyme, the one that got you singing on your way home sans the light yet powerful drum beats.
Just when you think you're already fired up with the first song, you stumble upon the next track, That's Not My Name. The completely unusual mix of unconnected thoughts and mishmash of simple beats with the powerful vocals of Katie White earned this song a number of airplays. After bopping your head to the light beats, you get attacked by the wordiness of Fruit Machine. The song has feminazo undertones with words like Win, I don't think so my foolish boy/ Watch the next one taking all the joy/ Hold me, nudge me, spinning me around/ Where's the money?/Can't hear that clinking. The mood is then lightened with a whimsical song that could almost pass as a piece from a musical. Traffic Light is fairly quiet compared to other songs in the album. Listening to it can give you images of traffic lights dancing and ballerinas prancing while the light guitar strums come blaring in the background.
Visions of traffic lights turn into strobe lights and feisty dancers as the next song comes in. Shut Up and Let Me Go, their definitive tune, can send you dancing and bopping your heads to the beats. Powerful and addictive, this is just one of those feel-good songs that you want listen to while driving on a Sunday morning. Keep Your Head hits you like a bullet with its synthesizers and cymbals. 80s kids would surely relate to the lyrics of the song that say Fourteen/ Intimidated/And she's just fourteen/ She's getting pulled/ From the opposite side/ Until it breaks down/ Blame it on/ The wrong crowd/ Stay, more make up/ Hair dye. Listening to the song as it fades leaves you feeling like you're ready to take on the world armed with your known smile and hazy intentions.
We Walk opens with a melancholic piano solo with a sudden change in mood from sad to anger that reeks of confidence and woman empowerment. Who could ever go wrong with words that exude loving oneself. You see the changes/In things that come/It's how you deal with it/When switching off/Make a decision/A precondition/We got a choice if it all goes wrong. The next tune, Be The One, channels the same 80s vibe as Keep Your Head has. Underneath the discotheque feel of the song is a very Freudian message cleverly hidden in a labyrinth of drum beats and synths as reflected in the lyrics, I don't want to be the one/Only overjoyed/I don't wanna be the one/Making all the noise.
Impacilla Carpisung dabbles with electronica with little lyrics for listeners to understand much less to think about. It's give you downtime while you wait for the finale, We Started Nothing, a song that conglomerates deathly sad lyrics with powerfully happy beats. No one dropped of waiting in despair/Every time I go there, no one's there/So tell me where's the soul, oh!/ Where's the soul/Submit it's all locked up/So hard to lose control.
All in all, The Ting Tings’ We Started Nothing listening experience leaves you with a playful and fun feel of indie pop at its finest. If you're tired of the usual music playing on the radio, this album will definitely suit your fancy with its eclectic and unique arrangements of simple tunes, loud and raspy vocals and an overall feel-good appeal. It is a musical immersion that proves that the Ting Tings lyrics could anyone, fans and otherwise alike, hooked.
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