Updated Jan 2006
Guitarist Martin Trimble first began playing with his young band Crossfire in Lincolnshire pubs in the late 90's. After creating a buzz on the local seen, Crossfire who also featured Glen Bartup underwent some line-up changes, becoming Martin Trimble's Outside Help (the outside help being former Hoax drummer Dave Rayburn). This elevated the band's profile and soon the word was around the national blues circuit about the remarkable young guitarist from Lincolnshire and his band, resulting in appearances at venues across the Midlands and North, as well as festivals such as Kirkby Rock & Blues Festival and the Maryport Festival.
The band then disappeared from the scene for some months ... re-emerging as The 22-20s, whilst still retaining some of their blues roots, the 22-20s have a rocker more commerical sound that is bringing Martin and Glen to a far wider audience!
The band released their debut 7" vinyl single 'Such A Fool' in Apr 2003. Voted single of the week by NME the record sold out rapidly and now commands £10+ prices on ebay. At the end of Apr 2003 the band appeared at a California Festival, headlined by the White Stripes.
The follow up to 'Such A Fool', a limited edition 6 track live album '05 / 03' was released on 10" vinyl and CD formats on Oct 20 2003. The album features 'Devil In Me', 'I'm The One', 'Messed Up', 'Such A Fool', '22 Days' and 'King Bee'.
The band played a 13 date tour of the UK to promote the album in Oct / early Nov 2003, though there were no Lincolnshire dates on that occasion.
The band have a number of festival appearances planned for the Summer of 2004, including the Isle Of Wight, Glastonbury, Move Festival, T In The Park before flying to Japan to appear at the 2004 Fuji Rock Festival.
150 lucky people will also have the opportunity to see the band's first Lincolnshire date, a special free promotion gig at the Bivouac Club in Lincoln. All tickets for this gig were snapped up hours after being delivered to Sonic Sounds Record Shop.
Sadly the band announced their split early in 2006
To keep an eye out for future developments visit www.myspace.co./2220s, the 22-20's website or Heavenly Records website.