Detroit-based musicians Joshua and Daniel are two men making up a band named after one man – Dale Earnhardt Jr. However their moniker, Dale Earnhardt JR JR, is a fictional addition to the Earnhardt Nascar dynasty, and this habit of blending of fantastical imagination with a firm grasp on mundane and real-world events is a prominent theme for the band. They are infinitely playful and earnest, which is enough for this to be incredibly charming.
Their music is rather endearing too – “a quasi-psych mix of folk, hip-hop inspired drum programming, and effervescent pop” – that fills up the greenscreen recording studio with melodic Beatles-like simplicity. It is catchy and cute but heartfelt and cool as well. Visually, Josh and Daniel are in the zone, beginning to sweat under the lights in their eBay-sourced Nascar suits. Both the outfits and the video, which is for the song “Simple Girl,” are covered in logos, making it clear that the visuals act merely as an extension of the band itself.
Watch Dale Earnhardt JR JR perform “Simple Girl” as a part of the Green Screening project here:
An exclusive mp3 of the performance is available here: