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Diarrhea Planet album review: ‘I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams’

The group, Diarrhea Planet, will perform in the Washington, DC area. (Emily Quirk)
“I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams”

Kindred spirits: Potty Mouth, Circle Jerks, Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Show: With No Regrets Coyote and Bella Russia on Sunday at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Show starts at 8 p.m. 202-388-7625.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door.

With its juvenile name and adolescent energy, Diarrhea Planet could be mistaken for one of the lesser bands that aped the Sex Pistols, circa 1978. But none of those groups had four guitarists, let alone four guitarists who could actually play. The Planet’s second album, “I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams,” matches pop-punk spirit to arena-rock chops. The Nashville sextet even interjects flippant “ooo-oohs” into a song heavily titled “Hammer of the Gods.”

The combination recalls some of the more commercial bands that presaged punk, such as Kiss and Alice Cooper, as well as several decades’ worth of rock-anthem purveyors. But between the power chords and singalong choruses are more abstract moments, notably the rhythmless churning that ends “The Sound of My Ceiling Fan.” And teenage melancholy infuses uptempo laments such as “White Girls (Student of the Blues, Pt. 1),” in which Jordan Smith sings, “Turned the radio down / Because my thoughts were too loud.”

If the band sometimes indulges its ability to elicit weird noise from four different guitars, the music always snaps back into focus. From the one-minute “Enter the Great Gate” to the near-epic “Skeleton Head,” the Planet never lets noise, attitude or juvenile humor upstage songcraft.

Mark Jenkins

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