By Miles Raymer
December 09, 2014 at 04:51 PM EST

For their upcoming third LP Super Critical, British dance-pop duo The Ting Tings kept up their tradition of recording each of their albums in a different country and decamped to the island of Ibiza, the world’s unofficial capital of raving. “We were quite fascinated with how DJ’s construct their songs,” jet-lagged front woman Katie White explains by phone from her hotel room in Tokyo. “It’s quite different from how you’d write a typical pop song.”

“So we set off to Ibiza thinking we’d probably gonna be inspired by DJ culture and EDM and all of that,” she explains, “and we actually ended up making an album that sounded nothing like Ibiza. We’d go to the clubs, and they were really good, but we’d walk away and go, ‘Oh, could you imagine what it would be like to be in New York at CBGB and Studio 54 in the ’70s?’ We’d fantasize about all of these clubs that don’t exist. So we started to really look into it, and at the music that was played at those clubs.”

The pair’s conflicted relationship with clubbing shines through in “Wrong Club,” which White says captures the Smiths-ian juxtaposition of pop hooks and lyrical misery that they were aiming for with Super Critical (out now digitally, with a physical release following Jan. 13). “The song’s about being in the club at four in the morning,” she explains, “when everything you’ve taken has worn off and you’ve just realized what a shitty club you’re in, and what terrible music. I think everyone’s been there. You’re not drunk anymore and you’ve got beer all down you and you’re just re-evaluating your life.”

Ironically, perhaps, the funky, ’80s-referencing “Wrong Club” remix by Spanish producer Boix is the type of compellingly dancey number that will keep you out until the early morning. Watch out.


Mon 1/19 Toronto, ONT, Canada Virgin Mobile Mod Club
Tues 1/20 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Wed 1/21 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
Fri 1/23 San Francisco, CA Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop
Sat 1/24 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Mon 1/26 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour