The Riot Room Presents: Diarrhea Planet
Left & Right, The Author and The Illustrator, Sundiver
Kansas City, MO, 64111
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Watch & Listen
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.
Left & Right
Hailing from Philadelphia by way of Charlottesville, VA, Left & Right used to be a sloppy college band of four university transit bus drivers in Charlottesville: Daniel, Phil, Andrew, and Zak. Daniel Merchant and Phil Dameron (guitars/vocals) started the band after their old band broke up. Andrew Abbott was really good at playing bass so they asked him to join. Zak Krone lied about being able to drum so he could also be a part of the band. (It worked out in the end.)
After college, they cut the shit, kept the name, and headed for Philadelphia, where they snagged jobs as baristas and "ice-cream scoopsmen." You might think they sound kinda like those cool North Carolina indie bands from the 90s that your older brother used to listen to, like Archers of Loaf and Superchunk. After all, they've got that raucous lo-fi sound, those clever lyrics, and that unstoppable drive. They're going for it-- in a 2004 Honda Odyssey that has 168,000 miles on it and 168,000 more miles to go!
Five Year Plan is Left & Right's third album and their first for Infinity Cat Recordings. Drawing heavily from Gen-X indie rock, the album twists and turns between relentlessly energetic pop-punk and soaring slow-jams, capturing both the melancholia and joy of a quarter-life crisis with its endless hooks. It's music for getting together, breaking up, grabbing a slice of pizza, and doing it all over again. Never has being bummed out sounded so fun.
The Author and The Illustrator
The Author and the Illustrator wrote and recorded 10 songs from April 2010 to January 2012. We released these songs with the title "Session I", in hopes to continue this pattern of writing sessions until we wrote some sort of magnum opus. On January 6th, 2012, we released Session I, and played our last show with vocalist Greg Janssen and guitarist Evan Croteau. Where do we go from here? We're not sure, but it's somewhere.
An emotional rock band from Kansas City, Missouri.
UNDIVER is a Kansas City based rock band. The inception of the group came from song writing/singing duo John Agee (guitar) and Bobby Bayer (bass) with the motivation to create celestial soundscapes, science fiction story telling and hard driving guitar riffs. The group was quickly filled out by Nick Organ (Drums) and Joseph Wells (guitar/synthesizer.) SUNDIVER released it's first recording in the spring of 2012 titled "Vicious EP" recorded/engineered/mastered by Jeff Pickman at The Noise Arcade studios in Kansas City, MO.
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