12 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s phone-swiping modern ennui aplenty in the vignettes on this pulsating debut from Brooklyn-based duo Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman. But, crucially, each piece of millennial snark—spiky anthem “Link In Bio”, say—comes bathed in Luciano’s timeless, thrillingly urgent guitar. “Sixteen” unfurls to rail against slut-shaming, “Blob Zombie” showcases the deft delirium of Bowman’s drumming and “Tummy Ache” (“‘Cos it’s hard to be a punk while you’re wearing a skirt”) triumphantly drops the curtain on a pop-punk masterclass.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s phone-swiping modern ennui aplenty in the vignettes on this pulsating debut from Brooklyn-based duo Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman. But, crucially, each piece of millennial snark—spiky anthem “Link In Bio”, say—comes bathed in Luciano’s timeless, thrillingly urgent guitar. “Sixteen” unfurls to rail against slut-shaming, “Blob Zombie” showcases the deft delirium of Bowman’s drumming and “Tummy Ache” (“‘Cos it’s hard to be a punk while you’re wearing a skirt”) triumphantly drops the curtain on a pop-punk masterclass.

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About Diet Cig

Alternative rock duo Diet Cig have a keen sense of fun, even while delivering relatable, heartfelt songs about youth, love, and life. Vocalist/guitarist Alex Luciano met drummer Noah Bowman in 2014, during a party on the campus of State University of New York at New Platz; Bowman was mid-performance with his band, Earl Boykins, when Luciano approached him asking for a lighter. The pair quickly hit it off and, ultimately, started making music together. Luciano already had a number of songs ready to go, albeit in acoustic format; Bowman suggested switching to electric guitar -- for all intents and purposes it would be Luciano's first electric experience -- and adding drums. During the summer of 2014, Bowman had moved in with sound engineer Chris Daly (Porches, Quarterbacks), allowing for the speedy recording of their debut EP, Over Easy. In need of a platform to release the record, Dean Engle (frontman for Quarterbacks) passed on the recordings to Jessi Frick (label head at Father/Daughter), leading to the release of Over Easy in February 2015; the EP was received with glowing positivity, raising the duo's profile considerably. Diet Cig toured almost nonstop throughout 2015 and 2016, including shows all over the U.S. and Europe, only pausing to release a double-sided single, Sleep Talk, and to start work on their debut album. Swear I'm Good at This was released in 2017 via Frenchkiss Records. ~ Liam Martin

  • ORIGIN
    Hudson Valley, NY
  • FORMED
    2014

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