Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Bring Harmonies, Beats and Elecronic Pop

March 25th, 2014

Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott were each playing in different Detroit bands when they met. But soon after, they began recording together in Zott’s suburban basement. It’s a Corporate World, their first LP, which deftly combines Beach Boys-esque harmonies
(they do a mean rendition of “God Only Knows”) and electronics, came out three springs ago, but even prior to that, the two, performing as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., became known for their high-octane live performances. Close to a year ago, the Motown duo—above, performing “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dancefloor)” on Conan—put out their third EP, the catchy, dance-heavy Patterns (stream it below), before releasing their second full-length, The Speed of Things (stream it below), last fall. Filled with dense electronic pop, rich melodies and pulsing beats, the album received a fair amount of praise. Paste effusively declared, “Epstein and Zott have concocted an album that will ultimately elude the dreaded ‘sophomore slump’ tag. They have stuck to a formula that worked on their debut but have taken it a step further. And while the album bolsters the band’s brand of sound rather than showcasing any significant amount growth in writing and arrangement, The Speed of Things is an exercise in consistency and accessibility. It’s refreshing.” They close their tour tomorrow night at Webster Hall. And up-and-coming electronic-pop artist Chad Valley opens the show.