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- Posted on Jan 17th 2010 2:00PM by Liz Colville
Singer Katie White made a costume change for her rendition of the band's two big hits, wearing black and white spiderweb-like ensembles that wouldn't be out of place in Lady Gaga or Fever Ray's closets. The duo characteristically sounded bigger than their numbers, with White and drummer Jules de Martino ratcheting up the slow-building climax of 'That's Not My Name' without the help of backing vocalists, and White snagging the spotlight as she bounced around the stage in a beret, half her face shaded by a swath of blonde hair.
The timing of the duo's appearance is interesting: though they were recently nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy -- and the news was such a thrill that they ended up missing a flight to L.A. -- the pair's debut album, 'We Started Nothing,' came out in May 2008 and they're currently in between tours. After a few holiday appearances, it was back to work on their second album in Berlin. The 'SNL' spot is as much an introduction to new fans as a buzz-generator for the follow-up, which is reportedly nearing completion.
White and De Martino are said to be collaborating with both Jay-Z and Rihanna for their next release -- further stamps of US approval for the Manchester pair. But judging from the past two years, it seems they need little help becoming successful crossovers.