Katie White and Jules de Martino (for they are the Ting Tings) played a sold-out show at Boston’s Paradise club Monday evening, and yours truly braved a pushy crowd to take it all in. Having already seen the band twice on an earlier tour supporting their fab debut album “We Started Nothing,” I was excited to hear some new stuff. The duo delivered a shambolic, yet tightly structured set for their adoring fans. Both members are multi-instrumentalists, but the focus was always kept on the big beat. Vocals and drums predominate most songs in the band’s catalog, and this is particularly evident onstage, as Jules keeps the time while Katie sings, shouts, chants, and raps.
The first half of the show was devoted primarily to songs from just released second disc “Sounds From Nowheresville,” specifically a brace of hip-hop influenced tracks on this album. While it was quite entertaining to watch Katie unleash her inner Beastie Girl, these songs alas suffered from a basic sameness and lack of melody. Faring much better were pop gems from “We Started Nothing,” especially catchy earworms such as “Great DJ,” “Shut Up And Let Me Go,” and “Keep Your Head.” Interim single “Hands” was served up rave-style, all thundering, shuddery bass which was viscerally satisfying but sadly removed the song’s indelible pop heart. My favorite numbers off the new disc went unplayed, but you can hear them for yourselves by coming to Fur & Gold this Friday, April 13th and snagging a copy of “Sounds From Nowheresville” for yourself.