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TING TINGS (Wolves Civic, 2 March 2009)

17-09-2008

The Ting Tings

Tickets go on sale on Friday for this perky duo who soared to the top of the charts in May with That’s Not My Name. An instant sell-out is guaranteed.

Steve Beauchampe saw the band at the Irish Centre in the week they topped the chart. Here’s a taste of his review:

Traversing the line between throwaway bubble gum pop and indie rock, there's a bit of the six-piece Brazilian party animals CSS about them, but without the staffing levels.

It's classic infectious pop, packed to the gunnells with foot stomping hooks and singalong melodies. Justin plays drums and occasionally guitar, adding backing vocals as and when required, a kind of Svengali figure, while Katie is the proverbial ball of energy, yelping, jumping, dancing, banging a drum, shaking her long blonde mane.

She plays a little guitar, some keyboards, but foremostly she's personality, the ideal front person for the frantic pop on offer tonight.

The band clearly have a genre hopping appeal, so the audience seems a mixture of Academy stalwarts and less regular gig goers, but everyone seems happy enough, and there's no shortage of camera phones and pocket digitals recording the proceedings. And never more so than on the inevitable show closer (obviously, it was THAT song).

From the opening drum section, to the manic, multi-tracked crescendo of an ending, it is, let's face it, the one we all came to hear, but the Ting Tings are no one trick pony, and there are several equal candidates for instant pop classic status and the crowd's adoration, as encore song We Started Nothing proves.

(Here's that Number One single http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6UX0p7uAW2s&feature).

Tickets priced 16.50 are available from Midland Box Office: 0870 320 7000 or online at www.wolvescivic.co.uk from 10 am Friday 19 September

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