This was excitedly forwarded to me by a fellow journalist with the playful subject line: "If The White Stripes started a Nirvana tribute band". While that caption sort of describes 222's dynamic, it doesn't wholly encapsulate the Connecticut duo's M.O.
The singularly monikered Matt and Jenny (drums/vocals and baritone guitar, respectively), play a bare-boned brand of melodic hard rock that touches on several closely related genres including indie, post hardcore and punk, in a manner that suggests that this is probably not the members' first foray into writing and performing, meaning; it's no easy feat to forge memorable rock songs with such a deficit of components. Primitive production values aside, 222 do it with fairly notable aplomb.
This effort being a compilation of the band's three 4 song singles, released between fall 2010 and summer 2011, you can hear a gradual evolution in ideas and sounds.
The openers Next Top Model and Broad Strokes come on like Fugazi meets Sabbath…