Diet Cig have released their hugely anticipated debut album 'Swear I'm Good At This'. Check out the infectious first single off the album 'Tummy Ache' here:
On the single, the band say "'Tummy Ache' is all about unpacking the feeling of approaching punk with radical softness, and the struggle when it's not always read as powerful or cool or whatever enough. Its the shout into my pillow when what I'm saying isn't being heard, and a big old I FEEL YA to all the femme folks creating space for themselves in a world that wants to keep us quiet."
The band, who are well-known for their energetic and bombastic live shows, will be touring the world in support of the album including the following UK dates:
Oct 13 Rough Trade Nottingham, United Kingdom
Oct 14 Lancaster Library Lancaster, United Kingdom
Oct 16 Soup Kitchen Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 17 Sneaky Pete's Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Oct 18 Broadcast Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 19 HEADROW HOUSE Leeds, United Kingdom
Oct 23 The Portland Arms Cambridge, United Kingdom
Oct 25 Moth Club London, United Kingdom
Oct 26 THE HOPE & RUIN Brighton, United Kingdom
Diet Cig is Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums). The two have been playing music together ever since Luciano interrupted the set of Bowman's other band for a lighter. The New York duo since released the 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back.
'Swear I'm Good At This' accumulates Diet Cig's tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are.
But there's also a deeper, more powerful fuck-you among the bangers that see Diet Cig grow into an unstoppable and inspiring force. "I'm not being dramatic, I've just fucking had it with the things that you say you think that I should be" spits Luciano on the album's 'Link in Bio;' "I am bigger than the outside shell of my body and if you touch it without asking then you'll be sorry" she yells on 'Maid Of The Mist'. It's the sound of a band doing things on their own terms.