There is nothing I hate more than when some parasitic, mouth-breathing Cheetos-breath loser says that rock music is dead. Rock music isn’t dead — You’re just too much of a pussy to leave your Aerosmith/Eagles/Guns N’Roses comfort zone on the classic rock radio dial. If you have zero willingness for musical exploration and the above statement describes you, for the love for Christ, shut up about rock being dead.
I’m no Lester Bangs. I’m sure there are plenty of fantastic examples of rock bands with four guitars. I don’t really care to do a deep dive right now. But all I can think of right now is how Lynyrd Skynyrd had three guitars and they sounded perfect together.
Nashville garage punk rock sensations Diarrhea Planet? Four guitars. They’re an Army platoon of guitars. A UN summit of guitars. And, given the high octane rock riff harmonies they’re able to pull off with the set-up, it works perfectly.
They just released their third album, Turn to Gold, a few months ago. But the real fun is their live shows — Amidst the thrashing and crowd-surfing, they manage to remain a place where a non-punk rock guy like myself can feel pretty damn comfortable. They’re currently on the road (tour dates here), recently performing at Riot Fest, amongst other festivals this summer. I caught them last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg for the first time. I knew it was going to be fun, but I didn’t realize just how much fun it was going to be.
The only real purpose for this blog post is to evangelize a great live music product. Buzzfeed Music already wrote the most definitive “guide” to Diarrhea Planet a couple months ago when their album came out. But since you’re a red-blooded BroBible reader with a genuine sense of chill, I’d gander that you haven’t read it.
The show speaks for itself. $20 to get your face fucked by a sonic wall of screaming guitar awesomeness.
Some blessed soul recorded their show in Boston the other night. Watch it above. And if you’re in NYC, don’t miss them at the Bowery Ballroom tomorrow. It’s only $20 and you’ll probably spend way more than that at the bar for Thursday Night Football. It’s not like you really want to see the 49ers lose to the Cardinals anyway.