DIARRHEA PLANET / THE SO SO GLOS
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville, TN. Their sound has
often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage with an arsenal of
fireworks and explosives. Diarrhea Planet's four guitarists provide enough riffs to make
Jack Black squeal like a schoolgirl, while lead singer Hodan delivers enough hooks to
straighten the curl out of Justin Timberlake's hair. In a world of unintelligible lo-fi
recording, reverb drenched vocals, and tuneless guitars, Diarrhea Planet aims to put the
backbone back into rock and roll.
The band initially formed in the Spring of 2009 with drummer Casey, and two guitarists
Jordan Smith and Evan P. Donohue. That fall the band decided to flesh out their sound
with bass and a third guitar, adding Mike Boyle and Brent Toler. They self-released the
five song EP, Aloha, in November. The album sounded like a mix between an
uncontrollable college party and a gut-wrenching Tae Bo workout. With the Mediafire
link popping up on a variety of blogs, Aloha became a sleeper online sensation.
Perhaps due to the unusual band name, the EP garnered around 1,500 downloads in its
first week online. By the time the band took down the Mediafire link early the next year,
The EP had collected over 10,000 downloads.
In the summer of 2010, Evan P. Donohue decided to focus on his own music and left
Diarrhea Planet. The band quickly adopted shredders Evan Bird and Emmett Miller,
generating Diarrhea Planet's most empowering line-up. The band shifted some of their
focus from delinquent party rock to slightly more sophisticated songwriting and guitar
theatrics that will make every living guitar hero cry out of joy and/or despair. After this
change-up, the band played an exhausting amount of local shows. They have opened
for acts such as Wavves, Fucked Up, Jeff the Brotherhood, Andrew Jackson Jihad,
Defiance OH, Jacuzzi Boys, The Spits, and The Coathangers. They have also played a
variety of basements, warehouses, frat bars, and dorm rooms. The overwhelming
volume and sheer brutality of their live onslaught satiates those who crave power and
thunder, while the meek grovel on the beer-soaked floor. The wall of heavy riffage and
intricate shredding infuses audiences with enough electrical energy to stave off sleep for
the rest of the weekend. Despite their leanings towards punk and heavy metal, Diarrhea
Planet swears by the Bible of pop. With a distinct emphasis on vocal hooks and
harmonies, their shows often morph into massive, drunken sing-alongs.
THE SO SO GLOS
The So So Glos are a punk rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of Alex Levine (vocals, bass), Ryan Levine (guitar, vocals), Matt Elkin (guitar, vocals) and Zach Staggers (drums, vocals). They have toured the U.S. and Europe extensively on their own and are recognized for their active participation in New York’s all-ages venues and the DIY movement. “[They are] hometown heroes,” says Blackbook Magazine of the band’s high level of community involvement, “They rule the underground, all-ages music scene in the city.” As of early 2013, The So So Glos are gearing up to promote their newest album, Blowout!, which will be released this Spring.
Brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, originally from Bay Ridge, met drummer Zach Staggers in pre-school. Through divorces and remarriages, Zach became their step-brother and they began playing music at a very early age. Over the course of their childhood, the three brothers moved around the New York metropolitan area frequently, yet always devoted time to writing and playing music together.
The So So Glos adopted their current name in 2007, the same year they self-released eponymous debut, recorded after-hours in a Staten Island studio with childhood friend Adam Reich. Guitarist Matt Elkin joined the band late in the year, just prior to their first cross-country tour. They returned in early 2008 and co-founded all-ages Brooklyn venue The Market Hotel with DIY show promoter Todd P.
The So So Glos released their EP, Tourism / Terrorism, in fall 2008 through Warner subsidiary Green Owl Records. Consisting of nine tracks, the EP received an A- from Robert Christgau and won the “Best Punk Album” category of the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards. After several D.I.Y. tours of the U.S. in support of the album, the band toured Europe as an opening act for …Trail of Dead.
During the summer of 2009, The So So Glos teamed up with Shea Stadium founder Adam Reich (who is also a touring member/producing collaborator of New Jersey band, Titus Andronicus) to establish the all-ages performance space/recording studio in Brooklyn affectionately called Shea Stadium. They toured the U.S. and Canada for six weeks with New Jersey heroes Titus Andronicus and embarked on their second European tour (supporting the Virgins) shortly afterward.
In June 2010 the band recorded new material with Nicolas Vernhes at the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They released their 7-inch EP Low Back Chain Shift on October 12th that same year. They supported both Matt & Kim and the Futureheads during their North American tours that autumn.
Blowout!, The So So Glos new album, is slated for release April 23, 2013 on iTunes and Amazon.
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