Prior to forming The Ting Tings , Manchester-based drummer Jules de Martino and singer/guitarist Katie White were two-thirds of an under-achieving trio called Dear Eskiimo. Specialising in what White calls “this big mishmash of trip-hoppy musicals”, they were signed to Mercury in 2004 - then dropped before they had a chance to make an album.
The experience convinced the newly-christened Ting Tings – now a slimmed-down, Jack n’Meg-style duo - that they had to streamline and simplify their sound, which is why debut single That’s Not My Name is so brilliantly basic: just a snatch of Hey Mickey-style handclaps and a gobbily staccato vocal, stitched together to fashion a groove that’s as instant and familiar as a text message.
Initially released as a limited edition single (just 500 copies were pressed), That’s Not My Name brought The Ting Tings to the attention of super-producer Rick Rubin, who promptly signed them to his label, Columbia. The duo are now readying their self-produced debut album for the spring.
12:05 PM | 14/01/2008
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