The Ting Tings and MNDR impress at Variety Playhouse

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Mary Elizabeth Sheley

The Tings Tings happily signed covers of their new album, Sounds from Nowheresville, to help make the concert memorable for all.

Everybody wanted to cheer, scream and applaud, but couldn’t. The lead singer was silencing the crowd. Though this may sound like the staple of an elementary school band concert, this event was more energetic by a factor of roughly one million.

On Monday, Apr. 16, the British indiepop group The Ting Tings came to the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, putting on a show with an up-and-coming American artist, MNDR. They are on tour for their new album, Sounds from Nowheresville. Also, the only reason the lead singer of The Ting Tings, Katie White, entered the stage with her finger over her lips was to set the tone for the first song they were to play – and the first song off their new album – entitled “Silence.”

The rest of the event was anything but silent.

MNDR opened the concert, both literally and figuratively setting the stage. The one-man group, consisting of Amanda Warner and a mysterious box that resembled a turntable on steroids, did well for an opening act.

Her enthusiasm and musical talent seemed to grow directly with audience support, and therefore focused much of her energies on involving the crowd. As a result, she was able to get things going on a Monday night, playing a bass-heavy, soulful songs such as “Feed Me Diamonds,” which she described as her favorite.

After fully entertaining the audience with her unique mixture of dubstep, indie rock and dancing, MNDR thanked her crowd and made way for the stage managers to set up for The Ting Tings.

The setup took what I thought was an inordinate amount of time, but as soon as White and Jules de Martino – the other member of The Ting Tings – came out silencing the theater, the lengthy preparation became abundantly clear.

Once they started playing, they didn’t stop. After finishing “Silence,” White and de Martino launched into what seemed to be one long song. Only after looking at the track list on Sounds from Nowheresville did I realize that it was five or six songs all smoothly transitioning into the next.

The only distinguishing factor of each song, apart from the various riffs, was the anthem-like portion that White and de Martino seemed to relish as much as the fans. For example, White sang the catchy “Shh… Hold your tongue” from “Silence” for about two minutes – where on the studio-recorded version, it takes a mere fraction of that time – at a gradual crescendo leading to the end of the piece. Such rhythmic repetition became a staple of the show.

Repetition was only one of the things giving The Ting Tings an almost hypnotic energy whilst on stage. White and de Martino played four instruments apiece during the performance, transitioning so quickly and flawlessly that the Variety Playhouse appeared to be more geared toward constant change than Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

The Ting Tings and MNDR created something more than a concert. They made an experience that nearly any amiable person could enjoy. Whether you are a music junkie or just a fun-lover, this concert will provide you with an unforgettable evening.