Diarrhea Planet's Dirty Jams


Jordan Smith is tired of the poop jokes.

His band Diarrhea Planet plays a raging style of garage and punk. And their live show, which features four guitarists, has become synonymous with one helluva rock and roll shindig - no shitty jokes needed.

"We are a live energy band and we feed off of the audience," said Smith, lead vocalist and guitarist in the band. "When the audience is really, really into what you're doing and they're going crazy and stage diving and stuff like that, it really pumps you up and gets you excited to play."

Diarrhea Planet will play Indianapolis' Hoosier Dome on Friday, Sept. 6, along with The So So Glos, Male Bondage, Brother O'Brother and Bleach Drinker. They're no strangers to Hoosier Dome, having performed there on multiple occasions. In fact, Smith played many Piradical Productions events in his younger years when he was growing up apart of the Indianapolis hardcore/punk scene.

Although Smith enjoys returning to his hometown on tour, repeated positive experiences with Indianapolis are what keep Diarrhea Planet coming back.

"Indianapolis has become one of our favorite places to play because our shows are just nuts there," Smith said. "Every time we play at Hoosier Dome, I feel like it's at capacity or over capacity. There are just tons and tons of kids and the response has been amazingly positive."

With the recent release of their second full length, titled I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, the sextet has gained much much media attention, including pieces from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum, Paste and The New Yorker. However, much of the coverage has shed light on the band's name before mentioning its music.

"It does get old," Smith said. "When you read a whole article and you want to read about what somebody thinks about your music, and then they spend three quarters of the article just making poop jokes, you're like, 'Man. What did you actually think?' You have no idea by the end of it."

Diarrhea Planet are signed onto Infinity Cat, a Nashville label with many other high-energy garage/punk counterparts including JEFF The Brotherhood, Natural Child and Pujol. Although Smith played in bands throughout high school, he credits Nashville with teaching him how to truly shred.

In addition to growing as a musician, Smith has grown as a songwriter. On DP's most recent release, he decided to speak openly on his tunes, rather than hiding behind a "bitter satire façade" and poking fun at party culture. Smith also abandoned writing hyperactive, 1-2 minute songs - something he attributes to sober songwriting.

"I used to write under the influence of a lot of different things, pot or alcohol or Adderall and stuff like that. I feel like that really came through in the songwriting," he said. "Versus now, this entire new record was written 100 percent sober. I just tried to stop doing that stuff and started really looking more inward to write about the way that I felt about things."

As the band continues to gain exposure, Smith is learning the ins and outs of being a professional musician, all the while harboring his hope that critics will one day entirely move past the band's name.

"There's this idea of as you get further along, you do less work. What we're finding out is that is not true at all. Because now it's like a job," Smith said. "It feels good to get some recognition for your hard work, whether it be good or bad press. That's the thing for me that feels the best too; people are finally starting to get over the name and start caring about coming to the show."