B-Boy Limping

The Ting Tings at MHOW

There’s a third partner on stage at Ting Tings shows. It is a bass drum that sits in the corner for most of the event, quietly announcing the band’s name, then heeds the call of duty during “Shut Up And Let Me Go,” when Katie White takes a drum stick and beats the crap out of it. Later she topples it over and hops on it, planting her feet and leading the masses in chant during the encore of the Manchester duo’s catchy single, “That’s Not My Name.” White stomps on the drum, pumping her fists in the air, then eventually hops off to interact with band mate Jules De Martino and perch on other objects on the stage.

The bass drum knows it’s in an enviable position: it gets put to good use, it only has to share the stage with two other people, and the skyrocketing popularity of the band ensures that more people will see it in all its glory. The bass drum knows all this but still, by the end of the brief but kinetic set all that it can grasp is that it is exhausted. It settles on the floor of the stage of the Music Hall of Williamsburg, face to the sky and mystery sweat dripping down its sides, and takes a deep breath, knowing it’s going to have to do it all over again the next night at Terminal 5.


Katie White, Music Hall of Williamsburg, March 15th, 2009


Jules De Martino


The bass drum.

If you can’t make it to Terminal 5 show this evening, catch The Ting Tings performing on television tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.


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