Diet Cig’s highly anticipated debut album, ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ is due out April the 7th on Frenchkiss Records and is an absolute joy, certain to lift your mood from the very first note.
(PHOTO BY NICK GRENNON)
The New York City duo consisting of Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman have reached high acclaim for their indie – punk style from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork and The New York Times with the latter hailing the band’s work to be “a lo-fi whirlwind, with songs cutting to the heart”.
The album is a culmination of many years work in studios crafting life-affirming, relatable tales full of honesty and cheer. The duo’s lyrics are full of a strength, urging you to accept yourself for the mess that you are, they’re badass, full of emotion whilst still being easy to understand and relatable to everyday life.
The opening track ‘Sixteen’ is a strong start to a colourful album, beginning with Alex’s voice and a solo guitar and building up to a strong verse. Alex and Noah’s lyrics shine from the get go, the verses about a young love and “shitty friends” display an innocence and youth, this is a theme running through the entire album, it creates a charm allowing Diet Cig to stand out with their use of story telling throughout this LP. ‘Link In Bio’ much like ‘Sixteen’ contains riffs certified to liven up the most tired of crowds, Alex’s mellow vocals are given their moment to shine in this track as she swears, shouts and creates an atmosphere of anger and power in this number.
‘Apricots’ is a complete contrast to the prior tracks and displays Diet Cig as a band who can do both, calm, slow songs and heavy, riff laden songs to a very high quality! They’ve stripped it right back in this number, it perfectly marks the midway point of the LP, its a laid back, soft, personal track containing only a guitar melody and a voice.
Lead single and the albums last track, ‘Tummy Ache’ retells Luciano’s views about being a female in the music industry, “it’s hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt”, she displays a frustration towards the ideals of a rock star in the 21st century, Diet Cig, unlike many other bands are open to share their opinions and scream their viewpoints on feminism through their art. The song is a perfect conclusion to the album, coming to a climatic ending of a swirly mixture of upbeat drum fills and cheerful guitar melodies.
This album is an absolute mood lifter, full of confident, lively lyrics to empower everyone and bold, heavy melodies, Diet Cig have successfully created a unique, energetic album full of everything you’d ever want from a talented, young duo.
The band also have a long American tour lined up this Spring:
April 05 – New Haven, CT @ BAR
April 06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
April 07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (early show)
April 07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (late show)
April 08 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
April 10 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
April 11 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
April 12 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
April 13 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
April 14 – Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
April 15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
April 18 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
April 19 – Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
April 20 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
April 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 22 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
April 26 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
April 28 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
April 29 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
May 01 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
May 04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
May 05 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
May 06 – San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe