A lot of gui­tars and a wacky name

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process,” Miller says. “Ev­ery­body in the band has such eclec­tic taste in mu­sic that ev­ery­body brings some­thing new and ex­cit­ing to the mix, and on this al­bum you hear those styles col­lid­ing.”

To help ren­der the more de­vel­oped com­po­si­tions, Diar­rhea Planet en­listed Nashville engi­neer and pro­ducer Vance Pow­ell, whose own eclec­tic re­sume in­cludes Grammy wins for his work with Jars of Clay, the Ra­con­teurs, Buddy Guy and Chris Sta­ple­ton.

“Vance is the first per­son who has re­ally been able to cap­ture our live sound on record­ing,” says Miller, who stud­ied the pro­ducer in­tently through the record­ing process. “He worked for years and years as a live sound engi­neer, and when we were get­ting sounds, he works so fast. So that was a big help.”

The more pol­ished Diar­rhea Planet is see­ing the re­sults of their ef­forts on big­ger stages around the coun­try, though their re­turn to Mem­phis, where they were one of the stand­outs of last year’s Beale Street Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, finds them at the Hi-tone, a venue they first played six years ago when they and cur­rent sup­port group Pu­jol opened for The Whigs.

In the fu­ture, Diar­rhea Planet does not plan to do much run­ning around. The band plans to scale back their tour­ing to fo­cus more on record­ing, with an eye to­ward re­leas­ing ma­te­rial at a faster pace.

“In the past we just toured as much as we could,” says Miller. “We didn’t re­ally have time to record at home or even write. But now that we’ve es­tab­lished our live show, we can start to fo­cus on our record­ing and get­ting that as­pect of the band a lit­tle more pol­ished.”

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