Photo by Nina Corcoran
On November 18th, Diarrhea Planet are set to return with a new EP, Aliens in the Outfield, via Infinity Cat Recordings. Already we’ve heard the lead single “Platinum Offerings” (as well as its Adventures of Pete & Pete-inspired video); now, the Nashville punks have let loose a scorching little number called “Heat Wave”.
Between the dogged, explosive drums and fierce, crackling guitar shreds, the high-octane rocker seems like it would be the perfect soundtrack for a stage dive of epic proportions. Coincidentally enough, guitarist/singer Jordan Smith explained that the track was actually inspired by his own experiences as a young, crowd-surfing punk rocker.
“The first half of the song is about the first time we crowd-surfed one of my best friends in college, and how exciting it was to see her up there getting tossed around by the crowd,” he told GuitarWorld.com. “The second half is about a close friend of mine who passed away and was known for crowd-surfing a lot at shows in Nashville. The quiet part of the song is basically me saying everything I wished I could have said to him before he died and didn’’t get a chance to say.”
Smith added, “It’s me apologizing for being distant and unable to share my thoughts and feelings with him when I should have been opening up to him and being a better friend, and how I’d give anything to have him back crowd-surfing with me.”
Listen in below.