I’ve bored you with this already, but the first post I ever did over at CoolDad Music was a review of opening night of the “Screaming on Planet Titus” tour featuring Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, and Diarrhea Planet. Since then, I’ve written quite a bit about Titus Andronicus and Screaming Females while waiting impatiently for the next release from Nashville’s scatalogical sons. That release is finally here, and it comes in the form of I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.
The six-piece Diarrhea Planet features four guitars; and on I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, those guitars — or most of them — often take lead in unison, creating an almost arena rock worthy wall of sound. Pop hooks, though, come through clearly on every track.
Album opener “Lite Dream” — along with “The Sound of My Ceiling Fan,” “Kids,” “Ugliest Son,” and “Skeleton Head” — is an epic when compared to Diarrhea Planet’s early songs coming in at close to four minutes. The song features the power chords and shouted vocals that characterize much of the record, closing with a Gaelic-inflected (a little Titus Andronicus influence, maybe?) guitar riff.
Singles “Separations” and “Babyhead,” along with “Field of Dreams” and “Skeleton Head,” saw me writing in my notes a word that, in 2013, I’ve probably written more times than I ever would have imagined: Weezer.
Back when CoolMom and I were living in Seattle, Weezer’s blue album and Pinkerton were everywhere. The combination of hard rock and bubblegum pop were irresistible; but I had no idea that nearly twenty years later, Weezer would end up being one of the most influential bands to come out of the alternative rock era.
Diarrhea Planet manage a similar fusion of hard rock and pop. Their name lets you know that they don’t take themselves too seriously — though there are some more serious moments here like the meditation on growing up, “Kids” — and the combination makes for an exceedingly fun record. The late 70s pop rock silliness of “Togano” (think Joan Jett) put a smirk on my born-in-the-70s face.
I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is 13 tracks of accessible, guitar-driven (really guitar-driven) pop rock by the band with the inaccessible name. It provides a nice send off for summer and should keep your head bobbing well into the fall.
I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is out now, and you can catch Diarrhea Planet’s four-guitar assault on Labor Day when they play Asbury Lanes with The So So Glos and locals Ba Babes and Elevator Art.