Thursday night found the Casbah sold out to a crowd excited enough to brave the rain to see Detroit indie pop group, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
With everyone in standing water due to the rain on Thursday night, the Casbah was filled from wall to wall, making the stage only fully visible to a lucky few to see Detroit indie pop band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.. Made up of Daniel Zott, Joshua Epstein, Mike Higgins, and Jon Visger, this foursome has pumped out 2 full-length albums in the 4 years they’ve been together. Their newest album, The Speed of Things, was released in October of last year.
I tend to always touch upon the size of the stage and the limitations it has on the band, especially with the Casbah being such a confined space. That being said, the four managed to fit themselves, 2 sets of giant letters spelling out “JR” at stage left and right as well as the most eye catching part of the stage, a giant orb in the middle. They managed this without really limiting their presence too.
Playing songs from both albums, it wasn’t until “Morning Thought” that things really lit up. The giant, slightly ominous, orb that glowed in the back lit up to a fun animated smiley face, singing along with the band and nodding to the music. The animations continued, from dancing skeletons to 8 bit soldiers, all brightly colored and fitting to pop sounds before them. Switching vocal roles, Zott and Epstein are the main focuses. Zott provides a humorous and animated energy to the already vivacious group. Epstein takes the spotlight occasionally as he sings into a separate microphone disguised as a telephone receiver, and then proceeds to give an impressive saxophone solo.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a fun band. With such a laughable name, which has an even more laughable origin, this is the kind of band one would have to experience first hand to truly understand the fun and nonsensical atmosphere in which they base themselves. Quirky, and upbeat, the guys just seem like they would be the life of the party. They certainly are at their shows.
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