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JR JR

at Meow Wolf
1352 Rufina Circle
Santa Fe NM 87507
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Time: 8:30pm     Day: Sunday     Doors: 8:00pm     Ages: All Ages    

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

"I remember thinking, 'Oh man, this guy might be better than me, and that's really awesome.' I always wanted to work with people who I was a little bit intimidated by," says Josh Epstein of how he came to collaborate with fellow Detroit-area native Daniel Zott to form JR JR [website | Amazon.com]. Coming together through a shared love for bands that effortlessly flexed harmonies like the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, the multi-instrumentalists recorded a couple songs in 2009 just for fun. It wasn't until their friends started reacting with genuine excitement to their music that they realized they had something real on their hands, and with that Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. was born (the band's original name).

"We suddenly had this thing that people wanted and we were sort of forced into it, but it was a natural thing," recalls Josh. They put out two EPs on Quite Scientific Records in 2010, Horse Power (which included a cover of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows") and My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1, and soon major labels were reaching out to them. The band shortly thereafter signed with Warner Bros. Records to its 2011 full-length debut, It's A Corporate World.

With 2013's The Speed of Things and 2015's JR JR (which featured the top 10 Alternative single, "Gone"), the duo continued to expand its already broad fanbase. Listeners across genre lines were drawn in by their adventurous, danceable blend of classic songwriting, intricate melodies and electronic elements.

"It can be interesting that for some people, we're the weirdest band they listen to, and for others, we're seen as very mainstream", says Daniel Zott. "And that's great because it allows us to speak to people in very different ways."

Daniel and Josh wanted to avoid the typical trappings that come with having defined roles in a band, so there's no frontman in JR JR, just two guys who relish in the ying and yang of a close partnership. They continue to do the bulk of the creative work themselves—from writing and producing their songs to designing JR JR's stage show.

"Dan is the most relaxed person that I've ever met," says Josh, "he's really nice, really caring, and he doesn't take much personally and he doesn't let much get him down. I'm the opposite. I'm high strung, over-analytical sometimes." The balance of personalities is what helps helm their left-of-center sound into accessible pop.


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