PRAISE FOR ‘TUMMY ACHE’
“As of yet, Diet Cig show no signs of growing pains” – Pitchfork
“Take Diet Cig by the hand, and don’t let go” – Stereogum
“a surge of earnest aspiration laced with self-questioning” – The New York Times
“‘Tummy Ache’ is as powerful as it is crucial” – NME
“‘Tummy Ache’ battles through the boundaries, finds a voice, and prevails while shouting from the rooftops” – DIY
Diet Cig will be releasing their debut album Swear I’m Good At This on April 7 (Frenchkiss Records) and in advance of its release they are today excited to share a new single titled ‘Barf Day’. The track, which was premiered last night by Zane Lowe on his Beats1 radio show, was followed by Stereogum who note, “The delightfully titled ‘Barf Day’ (embodies) what makes the pair’s upcoming debut ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ so enthralling: the featherweight garage grit, Luciano’s subversive sincerity, and bandmate Noah Bowman’s fist-pumping percussion…Against all odds, Diet Cig are coming of age on their own terms”.
‘Barf Day’ comes on the heels of Diet Cig’s video for their hook-ridden single ‘Tummy Ache’. It was directed by Robert Kolodny and stars campers from the Willie Mae Girl’s Rock Camp and Girl’s Rock Philly.
‘Tummy Ache’ has received a great reaction from Australian radio with the single being added to FBi Radio playlist, included in RTR’s Sound Selection, and has had multiple plays on Triple J, Triple R, 4ZZZ and Edge Radio. In their homeland the response to track has been just as positive with rave reviews from The New York Times, Pitchfork and Nylon.
‘Swear I’m Good At This’ is now available to pre-order – it includes an instant grat of ‘Tummy Ache’ and tomorrow will also include ‘Barf Day’. Further, Diet Cig will be collaborating with Tuesday Bassen on limited-edition pink silk bomber jackets only available in the preorder bundles. Artist Faye Orlove has designed the tee & sticker sheet that’s is available with the preorder as well.
The band, who are well-known for their energetic and bombastic live shows, will be touring the US in support of ‘Swear I’m Good At This’. They will have Girl’s Rock Camp affiliated camp bands and other young musicians joining them to open a handful of shows. “We’re super excited to announce these shows in collaboration with Girl’s Rock Camps across the US! we believe that supporting these young musicians is crucial to the future of rock, and we’re so excited to share our stage with them.”
Diet Cig is Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums). The duo have been playing music together ever since Luciano interrupted the set of Bowman’s other band for a lighter. The New Paltz, 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,
‘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.
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+ ALBUM OUT APRIL 7 VIA FRENCHKISS RECORDS