Ridiculous name, great band. Mixing lifted harmonies with a backbone of thunderous beats and a stream of electronic pop, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is quirky, fun, and straight up catchy. Their debut full-length album provides a satisfying mix of techno, punk, hip-hop, and indie rock. Jr. Jr. beat masters and Detroit natives, Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein (add drummer Mike Higgins), often don bizarre outfits during their live performances, which only adds to their intoxicating stage presence. They’re upbeat and so energetic that you will walk away from their show feeling like you completed a triathlon. The entity of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is chock-full of surprises, from their name that suggests a down-South CCR-inspired band to their insistence on using rewired telephones as microphones. They’re reaching out to grab as many off-the-wall quibbles as possible and, in the process, making themselves an innovative and admirable band. DEJJ is throwing a curve ball at the rest of the indie-pop scene and initiating a challenge of creativity that, at this point, they’re probably winning. The boys never intended to perform live (hence the coy name), but then they did and now they can’t stop. They’re earned themselves a following and probably ended up catching that imminent concert bug. No one seems to be complaining about their existence though. Instead, we’re donning our neon leggings and cut-out tanks and waiting with bated breath for their music to whisk our socks off.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. plays on the Sasquatch stage at 1:05 pm on Sunday, May 27th.