A band by the name of Diarrhea Planet played Wednesday night at The End. While I was personally unable to attend, Intern Lance was present, and he came back with three things: a positive report, a bunch of photographs and a CD containing five Diarrhea Planet songs. The tracks were on a burned disc labeled Aloha!, which was given to Intern Lance in the CD case of another artist--a Christian rock artist, at that. Now, I've mentioned DP before simply due to my fascination and bafflement over their name. I figure it's only fair that I point you in the direction of their music. But here's the thing: They've had no MySpace and, until recently, virtually no Internet presence to speak of. It was almost as if (gasp!) we'd have to go down to our local rock club, check out this new band, talk to them and get the music from the artists themselves if we liked it. What is this, the '70s, when people cared about music because it mattered to them personally, and it took more to discover new art than hitting "refresh" on your web browser? Fuck that. I've got some links for you after the jump.
Today I discovered this link to download Diarrhea Planet's EP Aloha! via We Own This Town. You can get the whole thing as a zip there. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Aloha! is a collection of brief, furious, up-tempo punk-rock tunes with absurd party lyrics and gratifyingly infectious melodies. As Intern Lance pointed out, these guys would probably fit in relatively well with the Infinity Cat crowd. And as Intern Lance also mused, we've had to spell and say "Diarrhea" an unsettling amount in the past couple of days. Allegedly, these dudes set out to be in a good band with an awful name (check), to record some songs to give away to their friends and anyone else interested (double check) and to maintain a low 'Net profile--which, in turn, made them more intriguing to me than most of the bands that email me with countless links, PDFs, invites, tracks and bios. Anyhow, you can listen to "Ghost With a Boner!!!," ripped straight from the mysterious Aloha! EP, below. And thank you, Diarrhea Planet, for reminding us that sometimes new jams are worth seeking out. And also, thank you for being far, far cooler than I anticipated.