Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Ting Tings @ The Parish, 10.19.08

This past Sunday (10.19) one of the biggest breakthrough bands of the year came to The Parish. The British duo The Ting Tings have made quite the name for themselves since their last visit to Austin during SXSW. They’ve achieved a #1 single and album in the UK, picked up a nomination for Video of the Year at the MTV Awards, a win for Best UK Video, and gained great exposure by giving an small performance at the awards show. Their catchy punk-tainted pop is quite infectious and the packed Parish was evident of that.

The Ting Tings are definitely a high-energy band. With Jules behind his drum kit most of the performance, Katie takes command switching between different guitars and dancing up a storm. The size of The Parish stage is ideal for a two-piece band; small enough that it doesn't swallow the band, and large enough that they can move to the music. They stuck to the 10 songs on We Started Nothing, beginning with a revamped version of "We Walk" and closing with the hit "That's Not My Name." The opening of each song drew a response from the crowd and everyone seemed to know every word.  A band just coming into their own, The Ting Tings put on a good show.  Their music displays great potential to grow and evolve–and most important, it will stick in your head for days.  

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