The band plays its farewell shows Thursday-Saturday at Exit/In
It was fall 2009, my final year at Belmont University, when I first heard whisperings about a five-piece punk band with three guitar players called Diarrhea Planet. They had virtually no presence on the internet — no Facebook, no Bandcamp, not even a MySpace page — but their name buzzed through an underground network of Belmont weirdos who rejected the writers-round scene in favor of basement and warehouse shows.
Belmont was a strange place to be in the latter part of the decade. The university severed ties with the Tennessee Baptist Convention (and so the Southern Baptist Convention) in 2007, ending a 56-year partnership that chafed a school with aspirations of aggressive (and progressive) growth. Although Belmont was no longer officially a Baptist university, it still held on to conservative social conventions that were off-putting to young punks, many of whom had come to study in the school’s renowned music business or audio engineering programs.
In that space, Diarrhea Planet found its first burst of excitement.
Read more at Nashville Scene. The band also shouted out the piece in a Rolling Stone interview marking their surprise follow-up to these farewell shows: opening for famed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell at the Ryman Auditorium.