Two weeks ago, one of my favorite live bands came to town: Diarrhea Planet. The name always gets interesting reactions when I tell people of my concert plans. This time drew a new and amusing response: one of my coworkers keeps messing up the name and asking me how the Diarrhea World show was. Close enough, I guess.
I got the Black Cat early enough to nab my clutch old lady position on the side of the stage with a good view and outside of the chaos of the mosh pit. Because at a DP show, there will be chaos in the mosh pit, probably with crowd surfing guys in hot dog suits. But, we’ll get to that.
Loud Boyz from DC opened. They were good. The name isn’t ironic – they were a loud, traditional punk band. I would see them again.
Left and Right from Philly was more underwhelming. Their guitar players traded off vocals and one guy was way better than the other one, which is always awkward. Just let that dude sing all the songs.
Diarrhea Planet played a short set for a headliner (under an hour, with encore). But, similar to Sleigh Bells, they bring so much intensity and energy to their set that it doesn’t seem short. Toward the end of the set, the DC Dog (key background for people new to DP: a guy in a hot dog suit shows up to all of their DC shows) was still nowhere to be found. One of the four guitar players (yes, four) said, “We’re coming to that time in the set…” and the crowd immediately started a DC Dog chant. “Actually, I was going to say that we only have time for one more song.” But low and behold, the DC Dog appeared in his trademark neon hat, sunglasses, tambourine, and hot dog costume. And much crowd surfing and general shenanigans ensued. The band busted out a killer “Baba O’Reilly” cover transitioned into one of their songs, went away, and returned for a two-song encore ending in “Lite Dream.” Highlights of the set included “Separations,” “Platinum Girls” and “Togano.”