Having only heard one song by The Ting Tings, I went into their Nov. 1 concert at Webster Hall in New York City not knowing anything about them and left wanting to know everything about them. While driving around in scenic Westchester County, NY for the last few months, whenever “Shut Up And Let Me Go” came on the radio, it gave me every reason to drive just a little faster…not too fast…but fast enough to enjoy the song as I heard the lyrics really come alive with every turn. The only problem was listening to that particular song while at a red light. Anyway, my girlfriend (who doesn’t believe in having her name or photo posted online) had recently downloaded that song from iTunes and from there, I had the chance to listen while sitting down and relaxing on a couch in a cold apartment. It sounded just as good. It’s not too often for a musical act to come along and capture me as another member of their legion of fans, but Katie White and Jules De Martino can chalk up my name on that very long list. I’m sure they’re honored.
Their stop Nov. 2 at NYC’s Webster Hall was a perfect fit for the duo to ply their trade. Standing off to the side of the main bar near the speakers, at the conclusion of every song they sang I had that feeling like this was the place to be if you were in New York City and that was proved with a sell-out crowd. White was extremely interactive with the pumped-up crowd which ate up every facial expression and movement she made.
“That’s Not My Name” is a song that just feels like something I’d like to have heard in 1985, and if it was written then, I’d still be listening to it my car in 2009. With all the awards and nominations they racked up this year, The Ting Tings really raised the bar. Their debut album released this past May, We Started Nothing, should have been “We Started Everything.”
John Miele can be contacted via email at JohnMiele@thecheappop.com.