222s

I’m in the middle of The Montreal Chapter right now, and wanted to post what will likely be the titular song for the whole section. “First Studio Bomb” is a great fucking song from the first and, for a time, only punk band from Montreal. The 222s started as a more New York Dolls-y post-glam outfit and morphed into a proper punk band as they were exposed to the stripped down sounds coming out of New York at the end of the decade; the only other form I’ve found this in is as a live track from their 2006 collection Montreal Punk – 78-81, recorded at the Ottawa punk hole the Rotter’s Club. It exemplifies the kind of catchy, driving songs the band were so good at creating, from the hyper-sexual anthem of “Female” (“You look like a female / But you fuck like a man”) to to lightweight “Fun, Fun, Fun.” Perhaps the best thing about the 222s (at least from a storytelling perspective) is that, at the end of their career, they teamed up with the Montreal mob for their final single. The recording sessions ended with the band having a gun pulled on them over ongoing creative differences. The 222s called it a day pretty soon after.

Posted on April 11, 2011 by | Perfect Youth | 2 Comments »| Tags: , ,


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  1. This is real awesome! Thanks for sharing these useful articles!

  2. Funny, I’m in Montreal now, and the last band I was in (we haven’t played in a couple of years but we could still be together, who knows llol). Anyway, I come back to Montreal in ’09 and by ’11, I’m in a band with Chris Barry, singer of the 222’s. I have some video of our last show, maybe I could post one, but I’d have to ask first.

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