The Ting Tings are 'Hands' on with New Single!
Holy Hell! The Ting Tings are FINALLY back and back with a vengeance. Their new single "Hands" doesn't come out until October but you can hear it over on NME.com. It's AMAZING. The Ting Tings' last effort, 2008's We Started Nothing DEFINITELY had an electro-rock influence, but no where NEAR as electro as this new single. Recorded in Berlin with the rest of their forthcoming new album, Kunst, "Hands" is an electro-pop stomper that marks a not-new-but-exciting-nonetheless direction for the UK band, whose last album produced two top 10 UK singles, including the #1 single "That's Not My Name." Talking to NME about the album's recording, drummer Jules De Martino had this to say:
"Our time in Berlin was a fresh start, with no rules again. When you've had an album that's been successful, the danger is you go back in the studio, look back and try and emulate it."
Lead singer Katy White added, "It'd be so lazy and easy to make the same album twice," and I completely agree. This explains the new sound. The duo's last album managed to take the #1 spot on the UK album's chart and despite receiving some good exposure in the States with "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (featured in one of those usually buzz-generating Apple commercials), the band's UK chart success wasn't matched on this side of the pond. Sad story. Their debut album only peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200, which for a new UK artist isn't all that bad. The Ting Tings saw more success on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart where they had three Top 5 singles and with Calvin Harris mixing this new single they're likely to have repeat success on the dance charts. The single is out October 11th on 12" limited-edition vinyl and digital download. Download the Retro/Grade remix of "Hands" for free HERE and check out the song below. This is a hot one!
The Ting Tings - "Hands" by Some Kind of Awesome