Diarrhea Planet - Turn to Gold (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

Diarrhea Planet

Turn to Gold (2016)

Infinity Cat

I need to preempt this by saying I’ve never seen Diarrhea Planet live. I’ve heard they are undeniably one of the best bands touring right now. Their last record I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, which I enjoyed, never captured the “live energy” I’d heard so much about. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Turn to Gold does either.

But it is extremely enjoyable. Hell, it’d be hard to dislike an album with four battling guitarists. From the slow, instrumental buildup of the opener, it’s clear these guitars have a lot to say. They act as the voice, the main characters. There’s never a rush to get to a bridge or breakdown, but the emotion oozes out when they are loud and free, competitive yet supportive. They build on each other, like the Harlem Globetrotters of guitars. And man, when Diarrhea Planet hit, they blow you away.

Lyrically, there's not as much to say, clearly less of a priority. There are a few exceptions. “Bob Dylan’s Grandma” connects and anytime there are gang vocals, such as “Life Pass,” there’s reason to sing. For the most part, though, it’s air guitars all the way. Everything comes together for the real winner, “Ain’t a Sin to Win.” Holy hell, that’s rock and roll. But it exposes what the album could use more of. Their last effort was a dirty rocker, lesser produced but possibly more effective. Does Turn to Gold take a step in the right direction? It’s cleaner and, overall, yeah sure. They find more time to both expand and control their sound but constantly feel like they’re waiting to let loose. When you’ve named your band Diarrhea Planet neatness may not be necessary.

Diarrhea Planet are the real deal future of rock and roll. Who out there wouldn’t like to see more four-guitar bands? Turn to Gold acts as a vehicle for playing these songs live, where they’re sure to take on another life. But the record will happily soundtrack your summer, especially if you're crusin' or chillin'.