Album release: Diet Cig 'Swear I'm Good At This'
Release date: 7 April 2017
Label: Frechkiss Records
More info: Band website
Diet Cig are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated debut album. Entitled 'Swear I'm Good At This', the album will be released on April 7th via Frenchkiss Records. Today the band share the first single off the album - the highly infectious 'Tummy Ache.' Listen to 'Tummy Ache'.
Of the single Diet Cig note: "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."
'Swear I'm Good At This' is now available to pre-order here, and includes an instant grat of 'Tummy Ache'.
The band, who are well-known for their energetic and bombastic live shows, will be touring the world in support of 'Swear I'm Good At This' and the first tour is announced today as well. It kicks off April 5 in New Haven, CT at Bar and concludes May 8 at The Catalyst Atrium in Santa Cruz, CA. Diet Cig will play two shows in one night at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on April 7 and The Echo in Los Angeles, on May 4. Further, the band will play a handful of pre-release dates including at set at this year's Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco on February 22 and shows during SXSW. The complete list of dates below and tickets go on sale tomorrow, January 13.
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 have since released the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back. The New York Times labeled it "a lo-fi whirlwind, with songs cutting to the heart" and NPR said the EP is "cathartic pop-punk with boundless vitality and wide-eyed charm" while Pitchfork chimed in calling it "a collection of brisk, personal pop-punk."
'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.
'Swear I'm Good At This' was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City.