Diarrhea Planet were the good guys of Saturday morning at Governors Ball in New York.
Even though the Nashville six-piece’s 12:45 p.m. set was testing the limits of the crowd (many of which had stayed up for Outkast’s headlining set the previous night), Diarrhea Planet kept matters positive. With its four-guitar arsenal in the fold, that wasn’t very difficult.
Once the crowd got into gear, the garage rockers responded by crowd-surfing themselves and even climbing the lighting towers (mid-riff, even), much to the chagrin of the security. Mosh pits sprung up, and even though it was early, the Diarrhea Planet devotees knew what to do.
It all ended with a marvelous impromptu cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya” dying Diarrhea Planet’s usual set closer, “Ghost With a Boner.”
Before its raucous set, Diarrhea Planet frontman Jordan Smith talked with Billboard about the band’s involvement with the Adult Swim Singles Series, which also includes Machinedrum, Oozing Wound, Tim Hecker, and Mastodon.
“This is an older song that’s been reworked a couple of times. There are a couple different versions of it. It’s called ‘Spooners,’” Smith says, noting that the song was written around the time Diarrhea Planet released its “Loose Jewels” album in 2011.