Local punk rock goof-abouts Diarrhea Planet will release their second LP, I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, via Infinity Cat Records, and they'll celebrate with a show Saturday night at Exit/In. In advance of the show, I spun I'm Rich a few times, interviewed DP frontman Jordan Smith, and put together a feature for this week's dead-tree edition of the Scene. See an excerpt of that below, and watch the Planeteers' recent Austin performance of I'm Rich's "Kids" above.
But the thing is, Diarrhea Planet's forthcoming I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams — out Tuesday, Aug. 20, via JEFF the Brotherhood's homegrown indie Infinity Cat Records — is earnest. It's not ironic or, as much of DP's earliest material was, full of obscure dirty jokes or references to partying. Sure, it features the Planet's now-trademark, intentionally grandiose quadruple-guitar attack and fleet-fingered soloing, but thematically, it's made up of thoughtful, sharp anthems and mega-ballads like "Kids" — a song that faces growing up in notably sincere fashion.
"Most of the party lyrics before, it wasn't even actually me being like, 'Party hard' or whatever," explains Smith. "It was more like bitter satire, making fun of people who live like that, but it was always interpreted in that we're like that. So with this record, it felt like I had hidden a lot behind humor and stuff, and that I needed to start taking more risks and being more honest."
Saturday night's show starts at 9 p.m., costs $10, and will feature support from Hunx and His Punx, The So So Glos, Hunters and Bully.