"We'd been to Berlin to make the second record and done nothing but get high and look at great architecture," says Jules. "Going to Ibiza had party written all over it. Obviously we were going to get nothing done."
As it turned out, unleashing their party spirit was exactly the impetus and momentum needed to craft something special and true to the starting spirit of their musical adventures. THE TING TINGS, known for their massive hits "That's Not My Name" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go," among others, were born out of the nighttime. They bonded at sun up, wired in Salford, Manchester warehouses. Success came as a surprise to them. Being in the middle of an island for the winter, having to make all their own fun? This is the stuff they excel at.
The starting point for SUPER CRITICAL was the touchstone glamour and twilight excess of 70s New York City. Katie happened upon a picture that would come to foreshadow everything they locked into the record, one of Diana Ross emerging from behind a curtain into the DJ booth at Studio 54. "Everything about her, the dress, the hair, the make-up, made her look like the most exotic and effortless creation," says Katie. "She was so glamorous, so of a moment, so not overdone. If we could get a sound even 5% close to what that picture was giving us, we knew we were onto something."
The duo became obsessed with the idea of a lost nighttime history, pre-EDM, stadium house, the Vegas-ization of the beat, even before acid house, and started to imagine the possibilities of a party through the prism of the past. "Rhythm was the basis for everything that happened on this record." Groove was in their heart.
Fans were first given a glimpse into the group's new direction when they released the album's first single "Wrong Club." Check out the song's music video here. "Wrong Club" perfectly encompasses what the band was witnessing. "It's about being in a club at 4am and having to have a word with yourself because you're having a bit of a breakdown," Katie explains. "It's shit, I'm off my face and I want to go home. It's about what happened to nightclubs that made them not sexy, how the tempo became so fast that nobody moves any more, they just jerk, its gesture not rhythm. We wanted to make a song that felt exactly like the opposite of that. It's very Ting Tings to do a sad song with uplifting music. That's just who we are."
Last week (10/13), the music video for their latest single "Do It Again" became the first ever to premiere via WeTransfer. Watch it now here. This track was inspired by the group's experience with recording and releasing their last album, 2012's Sounds from Nowheresville. "It's about the need to do something wrong again," says Jules. Katie adds, "Not being lazy, needing to lighten up, stop the paralysis of criticism, just doing anything that makes you feel good."
Tracklisting for SUPER CRITICAL:
1. "Super Critical
3. "Do It Again"
4. "Wrong Club"
5. "Wabi Sabi"
6. "Only Love"
8. "Green Poison"
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