JR JR are excited to share the new single “Big Bear Mountain”, the latest song from the band’s forthcoming double album Invocations / Conversations, due out May 31st. The release is the debut album for JR JR’s own newly minted Love Is EZ Records, a label formed in partnership with Secretly Distribution after the duo won a hard fought battle to be released from their previous major label deal. “Big Bear Mountain” follows the release of early singles “NYC” and “Day In Day Out” last month. This June, the band will play a series of shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Upcoming dates are listed below.
JR JR’s Josh Epstein on the song: ‘“Big Bear Mountain’ is a song about purpose. Someone very close to me was dealing with a parent being diagnosed with a terminal illness, and it was weighing on my mind. When we are gone, all that is left of a life is legacy. What did you do with your time? How did you leave the world different than you found it? In reality, maybe none of us has as much ability to change the world as we may think, but should that stop anyone from trying?”
The time between albums for any band or artist usually comes with a few minor twists and turns at a minimum, or in the case of JR JR (f.k.a. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.), quite dramatic ones. Since the release of their last full-length in 2015, the band fronted by Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott fought their way out of a major label deal, confronted demons relating to one’s mental health, and in Zott’s case, fostered to adopt two children only to be surprised with a biological one as well within the span of three months.
The aforementioned challenges and life events, as well as the calamitous political and social upheaval that has taken place over the past few years, are just a few aspects of the beautiful, complicated, and messy story behind two discs worth of excellent, introspective, and emotional songwriting.
“Invocations / Conversations,” as a whole says Zott “is filled with the thousand little moments of the last three years; moments of joy and sadness, frustration and exhilaration. And is more full of life than any project I’ve ever done.”
Wrapped inside are a collection of songs that straddle the philosophical, political, and deeply personal, such as “Wild Child”, which was written by Zott when it looked as if he and his wife would have to say goodbye to the child who would become their second adopted son. “He had been with us for a little over a year when I wrote that song,” explains Zott, “and I wrote it as a kind of the beginning of a goodbye that I knew would break my heart.”
Thankfully there was a happy ending to the story behind that song despite the tumult and uncertainty that was its genesis. In a way, it mirrors the journey JR JR have taken thus far. “When we started this project as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, it was about freedom,” the band share in a statement on the launch of their new label Love Is EZ Records. “The freedom to blend sounds from any genre and make interesting pop songs out of them.” Invocations / Conversations release on their own terms is the perfect happy ending to an epic few years.