Thursday, October 6, 2016

Diarrhea Planet at the Bowery Ballroom

The original members of Diarrhea Planet met in 2009 while attending university in Nashville, Tennessee. Bored by the serious music-business ladder-climbing aspirations of their classmates, they set about creating the brashest rock and roll experience they could muster. In short time, an arsenal of four relentless, high-energy guitars blazed across the band's music and unleashed a signature sound. Diarrhea Planet released its third and most recent album, Turn to Gold, on June 10, 2016. The band presently is composed of vocalist/guitarist Jordan Smith, guitarist/vocalist Emmett Miller, guitarist Evan Bird, guitarist/vocalist Brent Toler, bassist Mike Boyle, and drummer Ian Bush.

Diarrhea Planet plays rowdy live shows, and tonight the Bowery Ballroom had a rock and roll cyclone wash through the room. The four guitarists lined up at the beginning of the concert and ripped into massive and frenetic stadium-sized riffs, backed by a locomotive rhythm section. Each guitarist offered his own style, but never mind, the whole experience was a cascading assault occasionally interrupted by lyrics. A bombastic torrent of boom remained raw and explosive throughout the set, grinding a groove beyond its natural limits with chunky, fuzzy riffs. Maybe this was silly, maybe it was stupid, but it was fun.

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