Well well, it would appear that this tenacious Rabies infected crazy Jack Russell of an indie-pop UK duo have returned. Modestly sneaking back out from behind the curtains of the unknown and mythic land of "i-tunes advert overplayed backing music commerciality" to tippy-toe themselves towards the halogen lights of chart success and musical recognition once more. So it would seem.
The song the pair have used to bolster their comeback campaign with is a corker to say the least. "Hands" is a shiny rhythmic slice of the indie-electro-pop cake that would put any Texan heffer to the test in consuming it's rich goodness. The track highlights the feeling of finishing a hard week slogging in the office and relishing the weekend to let the inhibitions ebb away and go forth and party hard. Lopped off are the 2008 days of tinny simplicity that was, to be fair, a bold and creative change to the music scene at the time.
It is clear this track is produced by Calvin Harris; the raucous undertones and typical Harris-esque electro fusions gel formidably with Katie White's clean cut and punching vocal prowess. The repetitiveness of the chorus works well indeed, drawing you in and drilling deep into your head in a rather satisfying way. DIY surgery imagery aside, this track is very well composed. The balance between revelling in the success of "We Started Nothing" and the Berlin forged "Kunst" has been professionally and competently met. The signs bode well for The Ting Tings, however, the shackles of the 2008 backlash may still hold tight for a little longer. Hopefully the Jack Russell spirit within these two will quell any obnoxious critics and solidify their deserved place on the credible indie-electro-pop rostrum.
The music video for this track is well produced. It is darker than previous music videos and the industrial smelting and metalworks is a great juxtaposition to the more polished and sequined array of costume glam that seeps from White's musical veins. The Alphabeat inspired "Dulux wall chart" backgrounds that creep in from time to time neatly balances out what could visually become a welcome video to Hades and the Underworld, thus the colour trips do make the viewing experience all the more pleasing.
Check out the music video below and give these guys some love on their Facebook/Myspace/Twitter pages and keep your eyes peeled for the release of their second album "Kunst". Over and out girl scouts.