Detroit-based duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a recording and songwriting project created by Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott. Upon discovering the flow of creativity that came easily when the two recorded their first song “Simple Girl” together, the band came up with the name Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., a title that was immediately jarring but paid homage to their philosophy of mixing together different ideas. If a listener could accept a band with the name Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., then there were no limitations or preconceived notions as to where the project was meant to go next.
In July of 2010, Quite Scientific Records released the very first Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. material; theHorse Power EP, recorded entirely in Zott’s basement studio using a single microphone and home recording gear. Consisting of three original songs and a cover of Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows,” the EP drew instant praise from numerous outlets such as NPR, The Guardian, the New York Times and ever-pioneering US radio stations KCRW and KEXP. In the months that followed their sound came to be described as everything from ‘psych-retro pop’ to ‘beach wave’ – and the Horse Power EP reached iTunes Top 10 Dance Albums Chart.
Following their Horse Power EP, as well as a Remixes EP with friends Deastro, Prussia, and more, the band is now ready to release their fully realized full-length debut, It’s A Corporate World, on June 7.
Regardless of the many more or less apt genre descriptions, the music of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has reacted in the ears of many. Being noted as one of the ‘best new bands’ of 2010 from the likes ofStereogum, SPIN, Under the Radar, Real Detroit, The Metro Times and a slew of others has thrust Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. quickly into the spotlight and onto the national touring stage, where their inventive and engaging live shows have caused many to see well beyond their self-appointed moniker.
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