222–the Los Angeles-basedduo who creatively blend alternative rock, rooted in the ’80s and ’90s, with modern dance flair–yesterday (1/25) partnered with PureVolume.com to premiere the title track off their upcoming sophomore album, I’M NOT TRYING TO BE YOU…JUST KIDDING I’M TRYING TO BE YOU. The 11-track self-produced album is set for release 2/22/17 via Howlin Hamard Records. Click here to listen to “I’m Not Trying To Be You…” on Soundcloud.
The co-ed duo of vocalist Jade Howard and vocalist/guitarist Dennis Hamlin create a sound that’s both irresistible and mysterious on I’M NOT TRYING TO BE YOU…. Highlights include title cut, “Heart Tied In A Knot,” “Dream Trigger,” “The Mortician” and “Everywhere We Go.” 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, who also produced the album. “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.”
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. 222’s high-energy live shows have built a strong following across the U.S. via a string of well-attended club dates in the South, Midwest, Southwest, and East Coast, including select club shows in Los Angeles. The band will be performing on March 25 at The Complex in Glendale, CA and on April 29 at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA. Plans to launch a tour in the spring are forthcoming.