222–the Los Angeles-basedco-edduo of vocalist/guitarist Jade Howard and vocalist/guitarist Dennis Hamlin who creatively blend alternative rock, rooted in the ’80s and ’90s, with modern dance flair–today (4/4) partnered with PureVolume.com to premiere their official music video for single “I’m Not Trying To Be You…” from their recently released sophomore album, I’M NOT TRYING TO BE YOU…JUST KIDDING I’M TRYING TO BE YOU, via Howlin Hamard Records. Click here to watch the video.
“The song ‘I’m Not Trying to be You …’ is about Jade and I moving to LA from our hometowns and spending so much time together we start to become each other,” Dennis Hamlin tells Pure Volume. “We shot it in a few days that were broken up based on who was available to help at the time. I usually storyboard the video then we pick out what Jade and I can shoot and at that point, we ask the help of friends for the rest. A lot of the locations we used for this video were places we used to frequent when we first moved out to LA. It brought back a lot of memories.”
222 create a sound that’s both irresistible and mysterious on I’M NOT TRYING TO BE YOU…, the follow-up to their 2015 debut album, Libretto. The hooks keep coming-and so do the left turns-on the new album. Highlights include title cut, “Heart Tied In A Knot,” “Dream Trigger,” “The Mortician” and “Everywhere We Go”-which Jade admits “might be our favorite song off the record. It takes place on the road but follows me into my dreams when I doze off in the car while Dennis drives.” Read full album track-by-track below. The 11-track self-produced album can be purchased via iTuneshere.
The band will also be performing on April 7 at Rockbar Inc in Scottsdale, AZ, April 8 at Club Congress in Tucson, AZ, April 29 at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA, May 6 at Airliner in Los Angeles, CA and May 13 at The Ivy Room in Albany, CA. Plans to launch a tour in the spring are forthcoming.