This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director Nelson Kelly highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band: Diarrhea Planet
Album: “Turns to Gold”
Release Number: 3rd Full Length
Hailing From: Nashville, Tenn.
Genre: Stadium Punk Fury
Label: Infinity Cat Recordings
If you’ve never heard of Diarrhea Planet, it’s probably because its name is gross — I had to convince the WTSR Music Director Melissa Morgan to not throw this album away. That is actually Diarrhea Planet’s strategy, though, as having a repulsive name forces them to pull crowds in with pure musical prowess, of which these guys have plenty. Huge riffs, choruses underlined with noodlely leads and straight-up punk vocals drive home a layered, ambitious sound that no other band on the market offers.
Must Hear: “Announcement,” “Life Pass,” “Let It Out” and “Bob Dylan’s Grandma”
Band: White Night
Album: “Weird Night”
Release Number: 5th
Hailing From: Orange County, Calif.
Genre: Noisey Dirtbag Punk
Label: Burger Records
The only way to describe these guys’ sound would be ever-inclusive punk. White Night covers all the bases — the horrorific vibes of Misfits, the catchy melodies of surf punk and the hard-hitting attitude of the recent resurgence in angry surf punk. The sound takes a track or two to get used to, but differing feelings and tempos on this album make it a great listen.
Must Hear: “Liverpool Boy,” “AI,” Dr. Bellows” and “Clouded Head”