Diarrhea Planet Have Matured Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Your sophomore album seems to be more nuanced than your earlier stuff.
Initially everybody was trying to shred the most and be the biggest showboat. Then last October, when we were touring the West Coast, we made an agreement to learn what our spaces were within the band and stick to contributing to the song as a whole. We started paying attention to small details so the song takes you from one place to another more fluidly. In college I was speeded out of my mind all the time, so everything I wrote was super pumped up and really fast, out of control. I've mellowed out a lot now, and the new album was written without any sort of drugs or anything.
Was it hard learning to write without those influences?
No. There's this point where you realize you're writing from one perspective all the time. People can talk all they want-- "Dude, just get high and feel the music!"-- but you play better when you're sober. David Lynch talks about transcendental meditation, and like Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author, I get most of my ideas when I run. It's a lot easier for me to be patient and pace myself and be smart about what I'm doing; when you're high you get frustrated and coming up with ideas and then when you listen to them sober, they're terrible.
How was recording I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams with Kevin McMahon?
Kevin keeps the process so pure. He's not a super anal producer who's like, "You need to go in with a click track and all you guys need to play the same thing." He's into getting the most organic sound out of a band, to the point where we didn't use headphones. If someone messed up, he wouldn't be doggin' on you. And I was really sick when we were recording it, with a sinus infection. I owe getting better to the [Brooklyn] band Desert Sharks; they were like, "You need to get a straw with salt water in it"-- like a poor man's Neti pot-- and drink this apple cider vinegar weird homeopathic thing.
Going back to Murakami, there's a song on the record called "Togano," you have a song named "Yama-Uba" after the Japanese demon [that has sex with men and then kills and eats them] and you've expressed interest in Japanese folklore in other interviews. How do you reconcile something like that with most of your lyrics, which are about fun things like beer and girls?
It's weird-- on the new record, there are no joke songs. You don't always want to be the nerd making fart and poop jokes. As childish a band as Diarrhea Planet might sound, everybody has some depth. We went to college, for god's sake! For me, the legend of yama-uba seems like a good analogy, like a sociopathic person who devours people socially. Same with "Togano": that's from a book I read about women manipulating all these men that don't know if they're using spiritual possession to trick these guys. The ultimate femme fatale.