What’s in a name? Just ask members of Diarrhea Planet. The Nashville collective lives to thrash, rock and – ironically – not stink. These guys have the energy of a bunch of 12-year-olds hopped up on a case of Monster. The first most noticeable thing about the band is the wall of guitars: four of the six members play electric guitar, while the drummer and bassist round out the rhythm section. What follows is a punk assault that, on a bad night, might just cause you cardiac arrhythmia. This was not a bad night. DP (as they refer to themselves onstage) was primed and ready. Three good-to-great punkish bands helped the crowd get their party on, too.
DP is touring in support of their brand new critically lauded sophomore album I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (Infinity Cat Recordings). The album, like their live show, is a sonic assault on the senses. The genre could be pop punk, but DP is more than that. They’re a pop punk band with four guitars: orchestral punk, if you will. And that wall of guitars is not a wall of noise. These are melodic, structured songs that sound good. And depending on the level of your auditory sense, at any point during the night, all four guitars were independently distinguishable (somehow).
The songs must be heard to be believed. This is a big sound. “Separations,” “Field Of Dreams,” “Warm Ridin,” “Ice Age” and the near-rock-balladry of “Kids” are all radio ready (the average American radio listener, however, may not be).
The So So Glos didn’t just warm up the audience, they set them on fire. Brooklyn’s finest foursome delivered a sound that can only be described as The Clash meet The Beastie Boys. Believe it. SSG punked it up with terrific energy and even better songs. Alex Levine (lead vocals and sometimes bass) led the full-on attack along with brother Ryan Levine (guitar, vocals), step-brother Zach Staggers (drums, vocals) and Matt Elkin (guitar, vocals).
The band prompted fans to sing along, chat along and even tried their best to get those southerners dancing. Just a few highlights include “Speakeasy,” “Son Of An American,” “Diss Town” and “Lost Weekend.” So So Glos are supporting DP on an extensive tour in support of their new release Blowout (Self Released – believe it or not).
The Glos are on the road for a few more weeks with Diarrhea Planet, then throw their support to The Desaparecidos. This band is going places. See them while the tickets are cheap.
Listen: “Lost Weekend”
For the two opening bands, promoters had to look no further that Atlanta. Opening the show was Concord America, a local punk trio fresh off self-releasing their first album Shag Nasty. Ben Presley, Vinny Restivo and John Restivo, Jr. seem to have it together and did a great job setting the stage for those who followed. Grab hold of their new one via Band Camp for a measly eight bucks.
Listen: “Low Beat”
Next up were Carnivores, the self-described makers of “punk art punk indie rock pop surf” music did not disappoint. The band is set to release Second Impulse (Army of Bad Luck Records) October 8 digitally as well as on LP, CD and cassette. The five-piece band presents a complex and layered sound that is evidence of excessive rehearsals. The vibe is eclectic and fresh.
Members of the band are Caitlin Lang (keyboards, vocal), Nathaniel Higgins (guitar, vocals), Philip Frobos (bass, vocals), Ross Politi (guitar) and Billy Mitchell (drums). With the harmonies between singers Lang and Higgins, a Talking Heads song did not seem out of reach. Or a more mature version of a B-52s tune. You can hear Carnivores next up at 529 for the record release on October 12.
Listen: “Pillow Talk” (and download for free)