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222 was formed in the summer of 2014 when friends Jade Howard and Dennis Hamlin after hanging out at a party one night decided to record a song for fun at Dennis’s studio. The result of that night was the song “One Night Stand” and would go on to be their first release later that year. On 2/22/15 they self released their first album “Libretto”.
222 delivers their own power packed take on dance rock via a mixture of pop punk 80s/90s influenced rock mixed with current electronic influences. Respected music publications Pure, Vent Magazine, Access Music, Blurred Culture, and have all highlighted the unique sound and songwriting talents of 222. Their high energy live shows have built a strong following across the U.S. via a string of well attended club dates including a successful gig at the Red Gorilla Fest in Austin, TX. The band’s growing popularity is also due to airplay on influencer radio stations such as KROQ in Los Angeles.

The hooks keep coming—and so do the left turns—on the new and second album, I’M NOT TRYING TO BE YOU…JUST KIDDING I'M TRYING TO BE YOU. Creatively blending alternative rock, rooted in the ‘80s and ‘90s, with modern dance flares throughout the 11 tracks, the co-ed duo of vocalist/guitarist Jade Howard and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Dennis Hamlin create a sound that’s both irresistible and mysterious. Highlights include title cut, “Heart Tied In A Knot,” “Dream Trigger,” “The Mortician” and "Everywhere We Go”—which Jade insights “takes place on the road but follows me into my dreams when I dose off in the car while Dennis drives.”

I’M NOT TRYING TO BE YOU… is the follow-up to 222’s debut album 2015’s Libretto. That album’s first single “One Night Stand” earned them airplay on Los Angeles tastemaker radio station KROQ, among other radio outlets. Their provocative self-produced videos for “One Night Stand” and “Headcake” and the title track off the new album “ I’m Not Trying to be You” are vivid mini movies and can be seen along with a host of energetic live videos on 222’s YouTube channel.

222 produced, and arranged all songs on I’M NOT TRYING TO BE YOU… as they did on their debut album Libretto, recording them both in their home studio. “Jade and I have extremely similar taste which makes it a very simple, easy process,” says Dennis. “I write, arrange, and play all the instruments along with Jade on guitar and then we go through everything till we both agree its what we want. Jade and I have been friends for a long time so we know each other very well and almost always agree on what the music should be. Live, we are just as picky about our band and have found some amazing, entertaining, musicians to help us bring to life our music. Because of that when we all add our own personalities into the live aspect it only gets better.”

The prolific songwriting team of Jade and Dennis draw their musical inspiration from books, movies and life experiences. On the new album, they dive deeper into song concepts while keeping the emotional element sourced from personal places. “Our life experiences definitely play a big part in our songs,” says Dennis, “Even on the more extreme ideas, there is usually some sort of home ground from which they came.”

“The title track ‘I'm Not Trying To Be You…’ is about Jade and I moving out to L.A. from our small towns and being around each other so much that we actually start becoming each other, says Dennis. “I feel that describes how this album differs from the first in the way that the writing is sort of a sequel to Libretto, it just flowed naturally from the last one but there is definitely evolution happening.” Jade adds: "We have gotten to the point where we don't have to talk. We just start doing the same thing or get ready to go somewhere together.”

Another stand out track from I’M NOT TRYING TO BE YOU… is “The Mortician” which Dennis humorously notes was “born out of Jade and my sick sense of humor, but when writing it, the song took on a deeper meaning.” He adds: “I don't really see it as dark as much as circumstantial. This is a job where you spend hours giving dead people one last makeover before their family accepts them as deceased. We feel that you would almost have to fall in love with each of your patients to do your best job, especially after meeting their families and hearing their stories about this person that you have to sort of bring back to life for them.”

222 are psyched to bring the new songs on the road and kick them into an even higher gear. The band is committed to deepening their bond with fans and garnering new ones. Asked what they’d like to overhear one fan talking to another right after a 222 show, Dennis says: “Refreshing to see someone doing their own thing and not following a trend. And they're fucking amazing!!”

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