True Endeavors Presents:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Save The Clocktower, DJ Real Jaguar
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
"Formed in late 2009, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is the off-kilter title under which Detroit-area natives Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott record, release and perform music.
Initially beginning as an exercise in collaboration undertaken with very little intention of ever being publicly consumed, the band's trajectory has been as unexpected as it has been unlikely. In just a few short years, fans have seen the project grow from basement recording project--to media curiosity--to an international touring ensemble widely recognized for their joy-fueled live offerings.
While Epstein and Zott have no ties to popular NASCAR circuit driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. nor his late father, the band's peculiar name was initially suggested to the duo on a lark. The pair assert that the strange moniker has been kept in tact due to the freedom they came to realize such a title gave them to explore whatever musical endeavors they could think up. "The idea being", Epstein says, "that if one can accept a band being named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., then you've already opened yourself up to listening to anything that band can come up with. You've already decided to leave expectations behind".
From that mantra, the foundation of their partnership was built. Each having spent a good deal of time in various recording and performance environments prior to working with one another, Epstein & Zott set out to explore the many intricacies of cross-genre songwriting and production together with a willingness to borrow as much from the Beach Boys as the Geto Boys if it meant a more dynamic form of pop music. An organic vs. synthesized perspective which by necessity lacked a specified audience or desired outcome, outside of challenging oneself."
Save The Clocktower
"With their psychedelic sensibility, the trio [now a quartet] that calls themselves Save the Clocktower does well when it comes to offering the unexpected. And yet, they excel at doing more than simply sidestepping predictability. Songs such as the hazy "You Got Me" and the loopy "The One Thing" come across as both bizarre and beguiling, showing their penchant for experimentation and cosmic concoction. Yet when they opt to tailor a soothing melody, ala "They," or "Headphones," the band shows they're capable of more than mere mischief or mayhem. Indeed, the propulsive drive of a song like "Taped Noise" proves genuinely compelling despite its eerier attributes. Suffice it to say Carousel deserves a spin, despite --- or more likely, because of -- its share of intriguing twists and turns."
— Lee Zimmerman, No Depression
"strangely alluring and intoxicating, quirky and engaging"
— Richard Milne, WXRT-Chicago
$13 adv / $15 dos