Today, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. premiere their brand new video for "We Almost Lost Detroit" via a dual premiere with Stereogum and Vimeo, where the video is featured on the homepage. The video for the Gil Scott-Heron cover, which is the new single from their debut full-length It's A Corporate World, was shot earlier this year in their hometown of Detroit and is directed by Andrew Smart.
Today we are debuting a video for a song we did not write. 'We Almost Lost Detroit' began as a homage to one of the great artists of our time, Gil Scott Heron. Ever since we formed as a band roughly two years ago, we've drawn a very high level of inspiration from this song. So much so that we felt compelled to record our own version, and put it on our first ever full-length album last year.
As Detroiters, we are born and bred with a civic pride that we are continually told is somewhat uncommon. We wanted the city, and the people in the city, to be the video for this simple reason. It is an exciting time to be from Detroit--as we believe it's a city that is in the midst of reinventing itself in a huge way.
Read Josh and Daniel's full statement about the video here.
Further representing their hometown, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will release a special Detroit-themed Record Store Day 12". The EP will feature "We Almost Lost Detroit," two covers of songs by other Detroit natives Madonna and Sixto Rodriguez, and three remixes by Detroit-based artists. The 12" is a limited pressing of 2k standard black vinyl units and will be available for $16.98 exclusively on Record Store Day on 4/21. They will also perform a special hometown show at Detroit's Majestic Theater on Record Store Day.
We Almost Lost Detroit EP (Record Store Day exclusive 12")
We Almost Lost Detroit (album version)
Like A Prayer (Madonna cover)
I Think Of You (Sixto Rodriguez cover)
We Almost Lost Detroit (Stepdad remix)
Morning Thought (Phantasmagoria remix)
Simple Girl (Chuck Daniels remix)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. just headlined the Nowadays Festival in PA and played two sold out shows in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl and Bowery Ballroom. They will appear at Bonnaroo this summer before heading into the studio to record their sophomore album.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Tour Dates
4/21 Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
6/7-10 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN