In late 90s Electroclash was a tag name given to a cadre of bands that were written up as a counterpoint to the garage rock revival of The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Hives as if it was an either/or proposition – a particularly annoying period in music journalism. Whatever the case, on both ends of the spectrum great lasting bands were produced, with, on the synth pop Electroclash end, account for Ladytron, FischerSpooner, Le Tigre among others.
These days, without too much fanfare there seems to be Electroclash v_02. Over the past year here on TSOI there have been many notable posts on the subject. In very recent posts (see The Presets and Glass Candy posts), I have been commenting on this recent influx of synth based bands roaming the live circuit. The Ting Tings fall under the growing subset of male/female duo synthpop bands. There are so many at this point that a new fleet seem to wash these shores like new flu strains. Just today, I caught a case of Chairlift just after getting over a bad case of Little Boots.
Anyway, The Ting Tings are another variant out there and are snappy to a fault, too slight for my tastes, and therefore fall into into the league of M83 and The Presets as watering down the synthpop efflorescence that is underway. Keep eyes peeled for upcoming posts from vastly superior bands:FischerSpooner, The Faint, and Ladytron.[audio: http://www.thesoundofindie.com/archive/2009/20090505/TingTings-WeStartedNothing.mp3|titles=We Started Nothing (Live)|artists=The Ting Tings]