Last night I finally got around to listening to the Ting Tings, and I'm hooked. I literally spent every moment of my commute today to and from work (around an hour and a half round trip) listening to two songs I found online last night.
They have an EP being released on Tuesday, March 4 called Great DJ and are playing a show at the Vera Project on Sunday, March 9.
"Great DJ" and especially "That's Not My Name" are two of the catchiest pop songs I've heard for a while. While neither is available in the US, to my knowledge, yet (*cough* Hype Machine *cough*), they can be streamed on the band's MySpace page.
"That's Not My Name" has singer Katie White bemoaning men who forget her name once she expresses disinterest. It's funny and sassy, kind of like what Lily Allen would sound like if she stopped listening to ska. The chorus ("they call me 'hell'; they call me 'Stacey'; they call me 'her'; the call me 'Jane'; that's not my name") is simply infectuous.
They've gotten some buzz already, including a poll conducted by the BBC (h/t Stereogum) which predicted the bands most likely to break out in 2008 and they ranked higher (#3) than bands such as Vampire Weekend, the Black Kids, and Foals. In this case I am drinking the Kool-Aid.
An LP is scheduled for release later in the Spring, or at least for a British release. I hope it finds its way domestically soon.
Here's some YouTube-age for "Great DJ" and "That's Not My Name":