Last Wednesday, I was invited up to Warner to chat with Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
to preview their Friday night show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, where they told me that a lot of people are surprised by their live performances (Read the interview
). After two years of patiently awaiting, I was finally given the opportunity to catch their show, and to say I was surprised would be profane understatement.
Although I'm undoubtedly a biased reviewer considering my sheer infatuation with their 2011 full-length debut It's A Corporate World
, experiencing the Detroit duo in the flesh was musically enriching. Going to awesome concerts is a part of my job description, and surprisingly, it can get kind of bland - I mean, even porn stars get bored of sex right? But these colorfully clad dudes have revitalized my love for live music. From start to finish, the entire audience was moving and shaking as the guys pumped out bubble machines and confetti and broadcasted quirky cartoons on a massive overhead beach ball, behind which their iconic "JR JR" flashed frenetically. It was somewhere around the bombastic chorus of "We Almost Lost Detroit" that a chill tickled up the back of my neck, and I realized I had been rocking with an ear-to-ear grin for over an hour - these guys are one of my favorite bands.
The theatrics weren't all left to Josh and Zott, both of whom let loose some of the most killer foot work I've seen in ages (Zott's white boy skip-step would give Thom Yorke a run for his money). But complementing their every move were two musical gents dressed like Mose Schrute - that was until all four bodies came out in brilliant glow-in-the-dark jumpers.
The tour supporting their recent Patterns
EP comes to an end next month, but as they hinted in our interview
, we might want to prep ourselves for a new album (although they wouldn't divulge a date), which of course comes with a massive slew of fresh stops.
Listen to "Hiding" and "If You Didn't See Me (You Weren't On the Dance Floor)", off Patterns