A lot of guitars and a wacky name
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.”