Pop-dance duo the Ting Tings follow a long succession of famous acts from Manchester, England — one of the world’s great music cities.
In the 1960s, the city in northern England produced Herman’s Hermits, The Hollies and The Monkees’ Davy Jones. The Buzzcocks, 10cc and Joy Division emerged in the ’70s.
The ’80s and ’90s saw the rise of New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets, Jamiroquai and Oasis.
The Ting Tings, featuring singer-guitarist Katie White and drummer-singer Jules De Martino, became internationally famous in 2008 via their hits “That’s Not My Name” and “Shut Up and Let Me Go.”
Their album from that year, “We Started Nothing,” sold 2 million copies worldwide.
The duo is thrilled that its 24-date North American tour includes a stop in News Orleans for a Monday show at One Eyed Jacks
De Martino credits Manchester’s bad weather for its abundance of music.
“It’s the rainiest place in the U.K.,” he said a few weeks ago. “It rains all year, apart from two weeks of what they call ‘summer.’ A lot of people ask us why Manchester has given us so much great music. It’s because people are stuck indoors. You have more time to sit there and write, rather than go out and have a good time.
“But if you’re having a good time, if you’re sitting on a beach and having that party lifestyle, your songs get a bit mundane, don’t they? Some of the best songs are the desperate songs.”
Nevertheless, The Ting Tings’ songs definitely are not dirges. The duo’s latest album, “Super Critical,” is loaded with solidly built, super-danceable, super-fun songs.
A decades-old photo of singing star Diana Ross taken in New York’s famous disco-era club, Studio 54, inspired “Super Critical’s” tone. It may have helped, too, that White and De Martino began the album on the Spanish party island of Ibiza.
“Katie and me were imagining a club like Studio 54, where you got your music on and you got your swagger on and your vibe going,” De Martino recalled.
On Ibiza, the unrecognized Ting Tings brought their musical instruments into the DJ booth at one of the island’s clubs, Booom! Ibiza.
“It was amazing,” De Martino said. “Everyone was going, ‘This is such a cool, different thing. Stay! Do a residency for the summer.’ ”
But The Ting Tings had a new album to make. They also met Andy Taylor, guitarist in one of the 1980s’ most popular British pop bands, Duran Duran. Taylor first became a great pal on Ibiza and then, to The Ting Tings’ surprise, their collaborator.
After the disheartening experience White and De Martino had recording their second album, 2012’s “Sounds from Nowheresville,” Taylor’s enthusiasm lifted their wounded artists’ hearts.
“He was the one person who was going, ‘You can do this,’ ” De Martino said. “But we’d go for days, not knowing what we were doing, thinking, ‘This is really scary.’ Andy would be like, ‘No, no, no. This record you’re making is amazing.’ ”
The Ting Tings moved their Ibiza demo sessions to Taylor’s nearby studio on the island.
“We took a song that we didn’t like into his studio,” De Martino said. “A little studio in a little room, a cave. Andy fitted it out so he could do a few personal projects. And we didn’t leave that cave for eight months. Andy ended up co-producing the album and coming to New York with us to record it. It was an amazing adventure.”
After recording “Sounds from Nowheresville” in Berlin and “Super Critical” in Ibiza and New York City, De Martino thinks Nashville may The Ting Tings next stop.
“We’re fascinated by country music,” he said. “It won’t sound like a country record, but it’ll have different rhythms.”