Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr — Team Josh and Team Dan!
By Paul on May 31st, 2011 in Band Review, Interview, Live Music
The musical duo of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott is a magical thing. It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in a NASCAR suit. First of all they are just really great people, and the music is just amazing.
Their music is actually kind of tough to describe. It’s definitely pop, but it’s hard to place exactly what kind of pop they are. The band has been described as everything from “psych-retro pop” or “hip-hop and folk” to “beach wave.” Really, it all depends on which song you’re listening to. “Morning Thought” seems to fit more into the psych sound, while “When I Open My Eyes” is a little more hip-hop. Really, Josh and Dan just write whatever they decide they want to write, and we listen because what they write is always good.
But you can listen to music on any MP3 player. Josh and Dan really go the extra mile with the live show, resulting in something that is greater than the sum of its parts. It has just about everything you could ever want in a show. Bubbles? Yes! Audience participation? Definitely! There’s more, but really it’s just better to see for yourself. You can check out the videos below, but even those don’t do justice to the real thing. If you can see Dale live, do it. It will be time (and money) well-spent.
Speaking of money well-spent, Dale recently released a vinyl version of their EP “Horsepower” with four songs on one side and four remixes of their single “Nothing But Our Love” on the other, with mp3 downloads of each song. Going the extra mile — which seems to be a recurring theme for Dale — their vinyl comes with 3D glasses giving you a new way to enjoy the album art. It might seem “gimmicky” to some people, but they’re not really charging more than you would expect to pay for any other vinyl, so it’s completely out of love for their fans that they put forward the extra effort.
I’m going to take this moment to reiterate what wonderful people Josh and Dan are. While talking to them, I couldn’t help but want to keep on talking to them. It didn’t matter about what. The only reason I stopped them is because I didn’t want to run out of space on the camcorder. We almost did, getting over twenty minutes of video for your viewing pleasure. My point is, these guys are very clearly in this for the love of music, and they have you in mind the entire time. They do this to give the people some music to enjoy. You are the entire point of their music.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is currently touring for their upcoming album, “It’s A Corporate World,” set for a June 7th release through Quite Scientific Records. Please enjoy the interview below, where the Reverb Signal asks stupid questions and Dale gives intelligent answers. Afterwards, we have some videos from the live show for you! Please forgive the shaky cam during the show, I was accidentally dancing to the music.