Last Tuesday night the Brooklyn Bowl was packed with CMJ attendees who were excited to kick off the music marathon with Lucuis, Cults
, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. By the time Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
came on the crowd was buzzed with musical energy and reeling for the party to finally begin. The Detriot duo made up of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott came onto the stage sporting gold sequined jackets that glistened like disco balls. Epstein and Zott started the show off on a high note and continued to play with the audience's emotions, switching from happy pop songs to deeper and more intense ones. When the band played "Simple Girl," a pretty easy-listening song from their debut album, It's A Corporate World
, they took it to a level I never imagined that song could go, adding electrifying instrumentals and powerful vocals. Some of the best songs from the show included "Hiding," "Morning Thought," "Run" and "Don't Tell Me," which ended with Epstein crowd surfing and the band going crazy.
Earlier that morning, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. played a stripped down acoustic session at Baeble's HQ, and being able to see both sides of the band really solidified our perspective of the duo's greatness. With an acoustic version one can appreciate the lyrics and meanings behind the songs, while hearing them live allows you to completely let loose and connect to the band's energy. When they played their acoustic version of "Gloria" on our rooftop I began to fall for them as I watched two talented guys sing about love and happy memories, and when I experienced their live performance later that night there was no question that I had officially fallen in love with the band. I was lost in "Nothing But Our Love," feeling as if the band was taking me on a musical journey, and an altering side of the band was displayed when they played "We Almost Lost Detriot," the group's epic badass ballad. Both Epstein and Zott came into the audience during the show, and Epstein claimed it was one of the best crowds they've had this tour, so good job Brooklyn!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks to catch Baeble's exclusive session video with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Get your copy of the duo's latest album The Speed Of Things here