The Ting Tings make successful return at the ‘Dise

A review of The Ting Tings at Paradise Rock Club on April 9, 2012

, Managing Editor

When The Ting Tings released their debut album in 2008 they were one of the hottest acts on the planet. Four years later they’ve finally released their sophomore effort, Sound From Nowheresville, and are looking to reestablish themselves as a top act once again. First, they aimed to make a name for themselves in Boston, where they’ve only appeared once before.

Katie White, one half of the English pop duo, admitted during the show that she was “nervous nobody would show up” thanks to The Ting Tings’ minimal exposure around these parts, but she had nothing to be nervous about as the group packed the Paradise Rock Club for a sold out show on Monday night. White began the show by playfully shushing the crowd before the twosome appropriately kicked into “Silence” off the new album.

With only two members, White and counterpart Jules de Martino, The Ting Tings make due by taking on multiple instruments, often at the same time. The other sounds come from pre-programmed beats, usually aided by de Martino’s drums. In one instance, the dance party that was “Hit Me Down Sonny”, their guitar tech jumped in for a solo.

While de Martino is the major force behind the scenes, both writing and producing, it’s White who drives their shows with her spunky energy. She owned the stage and accented their performances with attitude, chucking her mic during “Give it Back” and “Keep Your Head”, and most memorably beating on the bass drum during “Shut Up and Let Me Go”.

The Ting Tings capped off the evening with their smash hit “That’s Not My Name”, which thrilled fans from the first strike of the drum. The duo did not disappoint, and although they don’t have a deep history here in Boston, it’s certainly a rich one.

Opening the show was New York electropop act MNDR, who had the difficult task of warming up a Boston crowd with dance tracks on a Monday night. However, it didn’t seem to bother Amanda Warner, who performed as a solo act, charming the audience with her quirky dance moves, heavy beats and strong sense of humor. Much of the audience may have been unfamiliar with MNDR, but after a short but memorable set that concluded with the catchy “#1 in Heaven”, Warner certainly made a strong introduction.

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