The guitar is a vital instrument in rock and roll. Two guitars in a band are great. Three guitars in a band can be even better. But four guitars in a band are ridiculous. But Diarrhea Planet proved on a dark Sunday night at the Marquis Theater that four guitar shredders in a band could be glorious. The six-piece (four guitar players, a bass player, and a drummer) from Nashville with a joke for a name channeled their talents and endless energy into controlled chaos. Diarrhea Planet had the audience smiling, dancing, and wanting more diarrhea …. Diarrhea Planet that is.
Diarrhea Planet formed in a cafeteria at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Starting out as a loud party band with a sh*tty name, the group begun to thrive in Nashville’s underground community. With guitar god riffs and undeniable chemistry, Diarrhea Planet started to get noticed for more than their offensive name. The band recorded four albums and has toured relentlessly. They even got credibility from the music industry when legendary Nashville engineer Vance Powell who has worked with Jack White (my lord and savior), Chris Stapleton, and The Revivalists engineered their latest album.
The fun sprit of the group emerged during their sound check. Emmett Miller, the group’s only classically trained guitarist, sang Otis Day and The Nights’ Shout to test his levels. After the first round of fast paced guitar driven goodness, Evan Bird, another axe man, checked in with the crowd. He asked if anyone played the guitar. After a brief pause, Bird responded, “Me too.” Jordan Smith (another six string bender) and Brent Toler (yet another plank spanker) performed synchronized guitar moves while Even Bird wondered through the audience on a mission to rock. Bird jumped back on stage to ask if anyone in the crowd played the drums. After some rumblings, Bird replied, “Me too.” Different playing styles and vast vocal ranges made the audience strain to see who was singing or igniting a guitar firestorm. Near the end of the set Bird asked if anyone sang. After a brief moment, he shouted, “Come on, everybody sings!” That’s when Diarrhea Planet ended the show with a sing-along to Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World… or should it be Everybody Wants to Rule a Diarrhea Planet? Probably not.
When I noticed the home made banner for The Beeves being hung up with duct tape, I expected to see the second band on the bill to be dressed as beavers. Instead brothers Ian and Will Erhart and Mathew Sease took the stage without animal attire. They played Jamie’s Revenge a song about bullying and retaliation that got the crowd’s attention. Sease came out to the middle of the crowd and sat down to play while young fans danced in a circle around him. It was like a heavy metal version of Duck, Duck, Goose. All three members sang Eddie Cochran’s Something’ Else without really knowing the words. After the song ended, Ian Erhart told the crowd, It’s alright since its rock and roll.” They were just three guitar players short of being glorious like Diarrhea Planet.
Professor Plumb, lead by CU Denver music professor Benon Plumb, started the night off strongly with songs about constellations, distant planets, and Russians. Ironically, Professor Plumb who has two bass players covered The Doors‘ Five to One who didn’t even have a bass player. They were also just three guitar players short of being glorious like Diarrhea Planet.
See you at the next show. I’ll be the one asking the band if they are considering adding more guitars.