Don’t let their name keep you from taking them seriously. Or rather, do – this group of 6 friends can legitimately make some incredible music, but as singer/guitarist Jordan Smith said in an earlier interview with Prefix magazine, “we don’t want to do anything but play guitar really loud." With four guitarists on stage at once, Diarrhea Planet accomplish their goal with ease, providing what has been continually hailed as one of the most energetic live performances around. Their countless riffs and power hooks are not only exciting and chant-worthy, but also serve to highlight the band’s incredible musicianship and legitimately powerful songwriting.
The group began at Belmont University in Tennessee in 2009 as a project of Jordan Smith and his friend Evan Donohue. The duo soon added drummer Casey Weissbuch, eventually expanding to add a bassist and guitarist in Mike Boyle and Brent Toler. A year later, the lineup changed to its current look, when Donohue left and guitarists Evan Bird and Emmett Miller came on board.
Diarrhea Planet’s first full-length album, Loose Jewels, came out in 2011 on Nashville label Infinity Cat and was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. The album doesn’t try to be anything its not – clocking in at under 20 minutes, it stresses guitar solos and catchy choruses that remind one of how fun music can be, especially when you're wasted with your closest friends. On their second full-length I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, which came out earlier this year, the band tackled a variety of somewhat more complex topics, from moments of serious depression ("Kids") to Japanese literature -inspired material (“Shogun”), and did so with relative success. While some of the tracks fall between the tracks, the album more than makes up with standouts such as “Separations” and “Kids”.
Diarrhea Planet are quickly making a deserved name for themselves beyond their bold, if somewhat intimidating, moniker with real musical growth and a penchant for killer live shows. And YOU have the chance to see them tear apart the stage at Eclectic this Thursday night! How lucky! Look out for fan favorite “Fauser” and its killer, chant-worthy refrain - “We're gonna drink until the sun comes up or at least till there’s no beer / And hopefully God will find us, and forgive us for these stupid things."