By Devon Motz
VANCOUVER — You can’t judge a book by its band name; that’s how the old saying goes, right? Whatever conclusions you were coming to in your head about Nashville rock outfit Diarrhea Planet, you’re probably way off. Armed with half a dozen noise-makers, their sound is equal parts fun, chaos, and beauty: a spectacle not to be missed. Speaking on the phone from an “unbearably hot” Nashville, Tennessee, drummer Ian Bush gives some insight into their brand new full-length Turn To Gold and their upcoming North American tour.
After garnering critical acclaim with a series of EPs, LPs, festival slots (SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Governors Ball Music Festival), and even a spot on HBO’s Animals, it was time for Diarrhea Planet to record their next album. And it was time to go big. Recruiting Grammy award-winning producer Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, JEFF the Brotherhood) it was time to make what guitarist Evan Bird calls their Back In Black.
“This would be the first time anybody has captured something close to a live set from us,” admits Bush, though in their past records’ defence, a Diarrhea Planet set is not an easy thing to put to tape. With four guitars and a powerhouse rhythm section, the band’s live sets are easily some of the most explosive and chaotic around. To catch glimpse of a fret-tapping human pyramid would be right on par with a myriad of ridiculous stories from their shows.
From behind the kit, Bush bears witness to his band mates’ endless shenanigans but he admits: “It’s kind of nice being in the back in my own world with Mike [Boyle, the bassist] while the rest of the band is looking like Russian gymnasts. No part of me wants to be at the front of the stage doing what they do, but I commend them for it.”
What may be the most impressive part of the Diarrhea Planet undertaking, though, is that beneath all that bedlam lay reserves of expertly crafted, catchy songs that are guaranteed to get your sweaty beer-soaked fists in the air with every anthemic chorus.
To kick off their North American tour in support of Turn To Gold, Diarrhea Planet will be playing their first Nashville set since the record’s release at the legendary Exit/In, where iconic acts such as Neil Young and R.E.M used to cut their teeth.
You can catch the band and all their heart-stopping acts of debauchery on August 26th at The Rickshaw Theatre with Meatwave and local trio Dead Soft.BC, British Columbia, Diarrhea Planet, Rickshaw Theatre