The Band: The 22-20s’ founding members, Martin Trimble and Glen Bartup, were introduced to Rock N’ Roll at the age of 14 by Trimble’s cool uncle who sold the duo their first guitars out of his music shop, and brought them Blues records at Christmas Time. After a few years of craft honing, the couple began traveling to pubs and small Blues festivals across England playing Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Bob Dylan covers, eventually performing sets composed mainly of originals, much to the chagrin of bar and club owners in Europe’s Blues-Rock scene.
According to Trimble, the outfit would be approached by these promoters and scolded for playing originals that fell outside the genre and the 22-20s became disgruntled with the Blues-Rock circuit.
After signing a deal with a record company that went belly-up, the band was acquired by the EMI owned label Heavenly Records and cut its first single, “Such A Fool,” in 2003.
In 2004, 22-20s put out its self-titled debut record with the help of producer Brendan Lynch (Paul Weller, Primal Scream) and, on the back of that release, toured the world supporting such bands as Oasis, Kings Of Leon, The Black Crowes, Supergrass, and Blur’s Graham Coxon.
Seemingly out of nowhere, in 2006, while in the midst of recording the band’s sophomore release, 22-20s broke up. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, two-years later, the band reformed to play a festival gig curated by Heavenly Records and its been smooth sailing ever since.
The Music: 22-20s finally released its follow up record, Shake/Shiver/Moan, in 2010 to mediocre reviews. In fact, save for the band’s cult following, it is unsure what actually makes them worthy of performing on such a grand stage as Bonnaroo’s 10th Anniversary.
The outfit is currently fund-raising for the production of its third studio release. Below is a cut from Shake/Shiver/Moan.
“Ocean” by 22-20s