|Photo by Jeff Snow|
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. first popped up on our musical map when the duo played the 2010 play:STL fest last September. They were a buzzy indie-pop band, riding high on a critically acclaimed EP, Horse Power, and a silly name. And let's not forget that sweet-as-pie cover of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" that will melt even the coldest o' hearts (by the by, that cover showed up on our 20 Best Covers of 2010 list).
Now the long-anticipated debut album has a release date, and the boys from Detroit have offered up the first track to fans, a bone on which to chew until It's a Corporate World drops.
"Morning Thought" is a grinding groove that tears up the gears, an indie-poppier version of The Black Keys' "Everlasting Light." Your shoulders wanna dance, but the somber lyrics make you think twice. Look up "dichotomous" in the dictionary, and there you will find "Morning Thought."
I'll leave you with this: it's one of my favorite jams of 2011 so far. Give it a listen below.
The duo is also rolling through Saint Louis on March 23rd for a FREE show at The Billiken Club. Hip hop hooray! No need for tickets, obviously; just show up and look cute.
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They remixed Junip's "In Every Direction." Give it a whirl.