Detroit indie-pop band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. released their first full-length album, It’s A Corporate World, last year and have since been touring and promoting said album. Fortunately, they were able to find time to shoot the video for the single “We Almost Lost Detroit” – a Gil Scott-Heron cover with a double dose of electro-rock to boost the power of the track.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. chose the song as a homage to Gil Scott-Heron, since “We Almost Lost Detroit” was a source of inspiration for the band. As Detroiters, the guys wanted to show their pride for the city in the video for the track, and they decided to do so by featuring footage of the city as well as its inhabitants. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. may have an uncommon soft-spot for Detroit, but their Gil Scott-Heron cover may be a step in a positive direction for the re-invention of this Michigan city.
As Record Store Day is right around the corner (April 21st), Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be releasing a limited pressing of a Detroit-themed 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. In conjunction, the band will also perform a special hometown show at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre on Record Store Day. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be wrapping up their tour with an appearance at Bonnaroo this summer before heading into the studio to record their sophomore album.
For more information on tour dates, scope out their website.