Diarrhea Planet

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Diarrhea Planet
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresAlternative rock, garage punk, indie rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, garage rock
Years active2009–2018
LabelsInfinity Cat Recordings
Associated acts
MembersJordan Smith
Mike Boyle
Brent Toler
Emmett Miller
Evan Bird
Ian Bush
Past membersEvan Donohue
Casey Weissbuch

Diarrhea Planet was an American six-piece garage punk band from Nashville, Tennessee, United States, formed in 2009.[1] The band is composed of singer-guitarist Jordan Smith, guitarist-singer Emmett Miller, guitarist Evan Bird, guitarist-singer Brent Toler, bassist Mike Boyle, and drummer Ian Bush of the Bush bean family. Diarrhea Planet has described its sound as "pop played through the filter of heavy metal" and have cited influences such as Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, and Dokken.[2] Diarrhea Planet has drawn wide acclaim for their rowdy live shows, which occasionally feature covers of Bruce Springsteen and Third Eye Blind. The band has previously toured with Titus Andronicus, JEFF the Brotherhood, Screaming Females, The So So Glos, The Darkness, and Those Darlins.


Diarrhea Planet was formed by singer-guitarist Jordan Smith and original guitarist Evan Donahue in their dorm room while they were students at Belmont University.

The band self-released their first EP, Aloha!, in 2009, receiving over 10,000 free downloads.[1] The band would soon sign to independent label Infinity Cat Recordings, and released their first full-length, Loose Jewels, with the label in 2011. Their 2013 release, I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, was produced and mixed by Kevin S. McMahon at Marcata Recording over the course of just eight days, consisting almost entirely of live takes. It would bring the band its most attention yet, and led to appearances at festivals including SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Governors Ball Music Festival. To promote the album, the band released music videos for tracks "Separations", "Ugliest Son", and "Babyhead".

The track "Separations" was used in the soundtrack of the HBO show Animals., appearing in the end credits of "Rats" (the Pilot episode for the series) as well as making occasional appearances throughout the show, (along with other modern punk songs by both Diarrhea Planet and other bands, adding to the urban aesthetic of the show).

On March 8, 2016, Diarrhea Planet announced their third album, Turn To Gold, through a lengthy Buzzfeed feature that also debuted their new single "Life Pass."[3] The band has stated that this album is more mature and grander than their previous works, referring to it as their Back in Black.[4] Soon after, the band returned to SXSW as an official artist and embarked on a west coast tour with labelmates Music Band. On April 11, Diarrhea Planet released their follow-up single "Let It Out" along with a preorder of the upcoming album.[5]

On July 23, 2018, the band announced their breakup, stating that the band "has run its course."[6] On September 6, 7 and 8, they played three farewell shows in Nashville.[7] The band's final show was in October 2018 at the Ryman Auditorium, where they opened for Jason Isbell. During their final song, "Emmet's Vision" they were joined onstage by Isbell and Sturgill Simpson.[8]


  • Jordan Smith – guitar, vocals (2009–2018)
  • Brent Toler – guitar, vocals (2009–2018)
  • Mike Boyle – bass (2009–2018)
  • Emmett Miller – guitar, vocals (2010–2018)
  • Evan Bird – guitar (2010–2018)
  • Ian Bush – drums (2014–2018)
  • Evan Donohue – guitar (2009–2010)
  • Casey Weissbuch – drums (2009–2014)


Studio albums[edit]

  • Loose Jewels (2011)
  • I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (2013)[9]
  • Turn to Gold (2016)[10]


  • Aloha! (2009)
  • Yama-Uba (2011)
  • Aliens in the Outfield (2014)


  1. ^ a b "Diarrhea Planet Bio". Diarrheaplanet.blogpsot.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Selinger, Julia. "Diarrhea Planet Dig the Not-Sucky Parts of Steely Dan, Ride Hard for Classic Rock". Spin Magazine. Retrieved April 30, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "A Hitchhiker's Guide To Diarrhea Planet". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Q&A: Diarrhea Planet On The Nashville Scene, Their Memorable Moniker, And Their Awesome New Album Turn To Gold". Stereogum.com. Retrieved March 21, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Stream DP's new single & preorder their new LP". Infinity-cat-recordings.myshopify.com. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Diarrhea Planet Are Breaking Up". Stereogum. July 23, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Evans, Dayna. "The Last Days of Diarrhea Planet, A Band That's Too Weird to Live But Too Rare to Die". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  8. ^ Hudak, Joseph (October 28, 2018). "Jason Isbell at the Ryman: Diarrhea Planet, Sturgill Simpson Rock Night 5". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  9. ^ "Albums by Diarrhea Planet — Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and photos at". Last.fm. Retrieved July 28, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Matt Collar (June 10, 2016). "Turn to Gold – Diarrhea Planet | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 28, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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