JR JR

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JR JR
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JR JR Performing at Piqniq 2016 in Tinley Park, Illinois
Background information
Also known as
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
OriginDetroit, Michigan
GenresIndie pop
Years active2010—Present
LabelsWarner Bros.
Websitewww.jrjrmusic.com
MembersDaniel Zott
Joshua Epstein
Mike Higgins
Jon Visger
Bryan Pope

JR JR, formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., is an American indie-pop band from Detroit, Michigan, consisting of Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein. Zott and Epstein met each other while playing in other Detroit music projects. They began recording in Zott's basement in Royal Oak, Michigan.


History[edit]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. was formed in late 2009 by members Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott. The band also includes drummer Mike Higgins. The band initially began as a basement recording project with few intentions of reaching the public.

2010–11: Horsepower (EP) and It's A Corporate World[edit]

In July 2010, the band released Horsepower EP via Quite Scientific Records.[1] The Horsepower EP consisted of songs "Nothing But Our Love," "Vocal Chords," "Simple Girl," and a cover of Brian Wilson's song "God Only Knows."[2] The band came out with a second EP titled "My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt.1" via Quite Scientific Records on November 2, 2010.[3] Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. was noted as 'one of the best new bands' of 2010 and became very well-liked from various sources including Stereogum, SPIN, Under the Radar, Real Detroit, and The Metro Times.[4][5][1] The band came out with We Almost Lost Detroit EP via Warner Bros. Records and Quite Scientific Records on April 21, 2011. Dale Earnhardr Jr. Jr. released two singles, "Morning Thought" and "Simple Girl" on April 8, 2011 and September 9, 2011 respectively.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. came out with their first full-length album, It's A Corporate World.[1] The album was released June 7, 2011 via Warner Bros. Records and Quite Scientific Records.[6]

2013–15: Patterns (EP) and The Speed of Things[edit]

The band came out with their single "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)" on April 2, 2013. The single's release was followed by their EP release, Patterns.[7][8] The band performed live on May 16, 2013 on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to premier songs from their album.[9] The featured songs included: "Hiding," "Run," "Mesopotamia," "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)," "Dark Water," "Knock Louder," "War Zone," "Don't Tell Me," and "I Think Of You." [10] They performed on Conan, June 11, 2013, featuring the song "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)."[11]

Patterns EP was released on April 16, 2013, consisting of four songs: "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)," "Dark Water," "Hiding," and "Habits." The band released their second studio album titled, The Speed of Things, on October 8, 2013, with some guidance from Paul Simon.[11][12] Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. went on tour with Atlas Genius and Family of the Year in the fall of 2013. The band released their mixtape "Produce Vol. 1" on February 5, 2014. Produce Vol. 1 is a new step for the band as they continue their journey towards the spotlight.

2015–present: Name change and JR JR[edit]

On July 15, 2015, the band announced that they had renamed themselves to JR JR.[13] They premiered their new single "Gone" from their self-titled album on July 16, 2015. [14]

Origin of band name[edit]

The band's original name, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., was suggested to the pair as a joke.[6] When asked by NASCAR.com's David Caraviello about the name, Zott stated, "The name for us was just a way to identify our crazy new project that had no limitations. People have no idea how we are going to sound, and so it gives them a reason to actually take some time to listen to the music."[15] According to ESPN The Magazine, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. The band emailed him to assure him they were not making fun of him and sent him a few samples of their music.[16]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

All tracks written by Joshua Epstein & Daniel Zott except as noted.

Albums[edit]

All tracks written by Joshua Epstein & Daniel Zott except as noted.

All tracks written by Joshua Epstein & Daniel Zott except as noted.

All tracks written by Joshua Epstein & Daniel Zott except as noted.

Singles[edit]

  • "Morning Thought" (digital single, April 8, 2011)
  • "Simple Girl" (digital single, September 9, 2011)
  • "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)" (digital single, April 2, 2013)
  • "Gone" (digital single, July 17, 2015)
  • "Same Dark Places" (digital single, April 5, 2017) [17]
  • "Clean Up" (digital single, August 28, 2017) [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Biography". Artist Direct.
  2. ^ "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Horsepower EP". Discogs.
  3. ^ "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1". Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: It's a Corporate World Album Review". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  5. ^ http://www.avclub.com/articles/dale-earnhardt-jr-jr-its-a-corporate-world,57127/
  6. ^ a b "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Bio". Warner Bros. Records Press.
  7. ^ "Album review: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.'s 'It's a Corporate World'". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  8. ^ "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Press Release". Warner Bros. Records Press.
  9. ^ "Morning Becomes Eclectic". KCRW. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  10. ^ "KCRW – Search The Live Track List". KCRW.
  11. ^ a b "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Album Release Post". Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
  12. ^ "Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr Speed Up With Sophomore Effort". TRANSVERSO. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  13. ^ "THE FUTURE STARTS TOMORROW (WELL, MAYBE FRIDAY ACTUALLY…)". JR JR. July 15, 2015. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "New Song - "Gone"". JR JR. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  15. ^ Caraviello, David (October 16, 2013). "Six Pack of Pop: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr". NASCAR. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  16. ^ "Junior Jams" (PDF). ESPN Magazine.
  17. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Jr Jr's New Song 'Same Dark Places' Out Now & Available for Download".
  18. ^ "JR JR release new single, announce fall tour".

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