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Sunday 30 April 2017

Ting Tings: We had to say 'stop'

The Ting Tings shot to fame with That's Not My Name
The Ting Tings shot to fame with That's Not My Name

The Ting Tings have no regrets about shelving their second album.

Two-piece Katie White and Jules de Martino dramatically scrapped the record, Kunst, which they recorded in Berlin after moving to the city for inspiration, at the last-minute.

Katie said: "Something just clicked in our heads. We're not a manufactured pop band who have to have an album out every year to keep themselves in the spotlight.

"I think people would rather we make an album that we're happy with, so we just said 'Stop!'."

After telling their record label, Columbia, that Kunst wasn't going to happen, the Ting Tings, famous for their anthem That's Not My Name, left Berlin and headed south to Spain and recorded another second album, Sounds From Nowheresville.

"When we got to Spain we just hit on this sound ... I think when we showed the label that we weren't just lazing about, that we had gone to Spain to actually work and could show them a video we'd done and play new music, they realised we'd done the right thing," Katie said.

She added: "We actually said we would split up after one album and start a new band. There's a destructive quality to Ting Tings, where I think we have to make a mess of everything to inspire ourselves.

"If things go too smoothly, we worry, but all the soul-searching is worth it. I wouldn't have it any other way."

:: Ting Tings release their single Hang It Up on Sunday December 11. Their second album Sounds From Nowheresville will be out in February.

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