IIwII

IIwII

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockEDM

It Is What It Is (IIwII) is Chicago's Club Punk underground. Inspired by a love of vintage music and modern effects, the 2 Time Trite Trophy winner has developed "...an energy-laden, modern sound infusing electronic elements over a drum-heavy rock foundation"

Biography

Brash and bold, It Is What It Is has updated punk from retro street rock to club chic and avant-garde. Inspired by a love of vintage music and modern effects, the band has developed "an energy-laden sound infusing electronic elements over a drum-heavy rock foundation."

"IIwII" to those in the know, they are young enough to do it often, yet old enough to do it right. As veterans of the regional music scene with over 50 shows played at prominent clubs and venues, they are identified by their confidence and attractive crowds.

But IIwII is not just a collection of songs and shows, it is an attitude. It is something that is worn and not discussed: IIwII is a lifestyle that screams 'leave the boring tick-tock monotony of your lives and join us on an adventure full of new people, good times and dreams realized'.

These boys hang with some sexy bitches: Grammy Winners Craig Bauer (Kanye West - Rihanna), Matt Walker (Filter - Smashing Pumpkins), Michael “Smidi” Smith (One Republic - Pussycat Dolls) and don’t-call-it-graffiti “street art” artist Hand Joe.

Awards:
Hinge Studios Artist Development 2009
Bodog Battle of the Bands Regional 2008
MTV2 On the Rise Finalist 2007
Audio Emissions Finalist 2007
Trite Award Winner 2005-6
USA Today Cliché of the Year 2004

Lyrics

Single Days

Written By: IIwII

166 bpm in key of A Major

(Chorus)
What everyone always tells me.
I already know,
The words I should say
And where I shouldn't go.
If I could only find a way
We could be much more
When you ask to stay
I’m three doors down from you.

(Verse 1)
Years of playing this game,
Like an ordinary fool,
I guess it wasn't fair,
Cause I knew all the rules
(So) many come and go,
I always could pretend,
The benefits of friends

(Bridge)
I’ve been alone since I met you,
Lying here, knowing no one else will do.
I should take a chance and confess
But you already know.

(Verse 2)
I wish I was with you now
But I’m in her bed again.
Her fingers through my hair
But the feeling’s disappeared.
I know I should go.
I cannot pretend
That we are only friends?
The benefits of friends.

(Chorus 2)
What everyone always tells me.
I already know,
The words I should say
And where I shouldn't go
If I could only find a way
Will you ask to stay?

(End Verse – ad lib)

Will, you ask to stay?
When you ask to stay.

I’m three doors down from you.
I’m three doors down from you.

Will you ask to stay?

Paper Streets

Written By: IIwII

136 bpm in keys of A Minor and E Minor

(Verse 1.1)
Standing here, on top of the world.
Its your gun in my hand,

(Verse 1.2)
Are you’re always awake when I sleep.
I hear your voice in my head.

(Verse 1.3)
Bleeding down, the side of my face.
With a shiver of pain.

(Verse 1.4)
Promise me.
Never mention my name.

(Verse 2 speech)
When I look around me I see the strongest and smartest men who have ever lived.

We are an entire generation pumping gas and waiting tables; or we're slaves with white collars. Advertisements have us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.

(Background)
Paper Street.
Dark and Silent and Complete.

(End)
Paper Street.
Paper Street.
Paper Street.

Complicated

Written By: IIwII

136 bpm in the Keys of E Minor and F# Minor

Lyrics:

(Verse 1)
I double checked the chains around my heart,
The only key I hid within.
I felt so safe inside my skin.
But then you came along.

(Verse 2.1)
I questioned every time you spoke my name,
I wanted to believe.
The things we felt they were the same.
I slowly let you in.

(Verse 2.2)
We moved so fast I was afraid,
You always eased my mind.
Your feelings were from deep with in,
But then you proved me wrong.

(Chorus 1)
Why you? Why now? Why complicate my perfect life?
I said, “No more.” I cannot handle heartbreak once again.
Why me?

(Bridge Verse 3.1)
This secret life you share with me,
Hidden away from.
No one can condemn what falls.
From above, what we have is meant to be.
And now I know.

(Chorus 2)
Why you? Why now? Why complicate my perfect life?
I said, “No more.” I cannot handle heartbreak once again.
Why me? Why you? Why now?

(Reprise)
From afar, autumn leaves that last until the end.
Alone. The silent night that lies upon the road.
For me, eternal yearnings vanished from my mind.
And now, we walk as our shadows disappear.
In steps, we lay together tangled with the same.
Perhaps.

The chain will bind us close once again

(End Verse)
A love was made for you and me.
A life of simple harmony.
We live together, day by day.
Free from society’s restraints.

Tonight's My Dying Day

Written By: IIwII and Andres De La Serna

96 bpm in key of D Major

Lyrics:

(Verse 1)
It’s been such a long time,
Since you left.
Without warnings,
I lost my heart,
On my way
To forget you.

(Refrain 1)
While, in my mind, I just can not forget you,
Oh why, seeks my soul to reunite with your body.
Oh, I feel this pain one more time.
When your gone.
One more time.

(Verse 2)
[solo]

(Refrain 2a)
While, in my mind, I just can not forget you,
Oh why, seeks my soul to reunite with your body.
Oh, I feel this pain one more time.
When I pray, one more time.
One more time.

Lime & Salt

Written By: IIwII

170 Bpm in the key of E Major

(Verse 1)
I fell in love on the first floor
By the fifth floor, I'm bored.

Met a girls on the dance floor,
Two songs, I'm bored

(Chorus 1)
Why do they fall so fast?
Why do I feel so high?
They say its all my fault.
I wash it down with a lime and salt.
(Lime and salt, Lime and salt)

(Verse 2)
Across the street and I when our eyes meet
Smiles and my lines flying
What I make up, your make up
I’m only flirting, I'm not lying.

(Chorus 2)
Why do they fall so fast?
Why do I feel so high?
I know its all my fault.
I wash us down with a lime and salt.
(Lime and salt, Lime and salt)

(Bridge)
IOI while I’m teasing you I’m pleasing you
I’m negging you to say
I can't believe how I feel with you
Soon your begging me to stay.

(Open Chorus)
How did I fall so fast?
Why do I feel so high?
I know its all my fault.
But your on my mind.

Kiss Kiss Caress

Written By: IIwII

160 in A major

(Verse 1)
Yeah maybe we're friends
but how can I pretend
When we're home all alone

We're watching tv
and it seems to me
I'm not goin' home

(PreChorus)
Under Friendly fire
Now I've gotta defend
The heated things that I said

(Verse 2)
Don't make me choose
'cuz any way you lose
Don't go messin' with me

(Chorus 1.1)
Kiss kiss Carress
I bet you can guess
How I'll make you feel better

Smile smile for me
Our history
I thought you knew better

(Verse 2)
One more time
Its not a crime
To love somebody else

If we were just friends
is this how it ends
with love on the shelf?

(Chorus 2)
Kiss kiss Carress
You took off your dress
I'll make you feel better

Smile smile for me
I'm history
I thought you knew better

Missed Connections

Written By: IIwII

166 ppm in the key of A Major

(Verse 1.1)
She was the girl on the red line she was lookin' mighty caught
up in the book that she was readin' but I can't stop repeatin' that she
could be receiving my affection with just one word

(Verse 1.2)
She was the girl on the red line she was gettin' mighty close up
Like in the book that she was readin' where the plot was deceiving
no don't look, don't look, don't look now

(PreChorus 1)
Talk talk to me
Tell me something, tell me anything
I'll believe it

(Chorus )
Tell me
Tell me
Believe in fate suddenly

Some Night
Tonight?
remember me suddenly

Hello
Goodbye
Post my last chance with you
talk talk to me

(Post Chorus )
Bye bye, I couldn't spit it out I blew it
Bye bye, you were gone before I knew it

(Verse 2.1)
She was the girl pumpin' bass line, blue line caught up in the music
she was moving she was singing I was makin' my way closer when I
stumbled over both of my left feet and thats when we touched.

Dont Trust Angels

Written By: IIwII and Rogue Status

154 Bpm in the key of C Major

Two days, Two nights
Waiting here
color us closer
two shades of light
its been two days and two nights

tonight

tonight

I see you stare
I know you care
Your standing there
your calling me closer
you can save me
you can trust me

Watch over me
Watch over me

Discography

Hinge EP (Spring 2010)
Lime & Salt (Single 2009)
Seduction Theory (LP 2008)
Greenbriar Demos (2007)

Genres:
Rave Rock
Club Punk

Set List

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For those who must know, IIwII can play up to two hour long sets per show. We arrange a unique set for every gig, interspersing our original material with Rave Rock versions of these covers.

Muse - Uprising
Good - Better Than Ezra
Basketcase - Green Day
Lady Gaga – Pokerface
Sugar We're Going down - Fall Out Boy
She Hates Me - Puddle of Mudd
Down - Jay Sean