REVIEW // Diet Cig – Tummy Ache

Is it hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt?

According to Diet Cig it is.

Diet Cig

Diet Cig is Alex Luciano on guitars and vocals and Noah Bowman on drums, and together, they make short and pretty punk songs with a New York grunge edge.

It’s Luciano’s lyric writing that is the real winner. Pent-up frustration and to-the-point words are delivered through scuzzed-up vocals, swinging between a melancholy lullaby all the way to shout-singing.

“And my stomach hurts / Cause it’s hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt”, these are the lyrics that wrap Diet Cig’s whole situation up. They proudly represent the other spectrum of punk and they tell it like it is, ” ‘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. It’s 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.”

Diet Cig don’t mind a bit of the old shit talking, with other tracks of theirs’ calling out past lovers and the pretentiousness of the music scene. But this down-to-earth grittiness is in actuality all part of their charm.

Following their EP Over Easy in 2015, they’ll be releasing their debut album, filled hopefully with more self-deprecating yet empowering tunes.


Based in: New York, US.
Upcoming album: Swear I’m Good At This, out April 2017 via Frenchkiss Records. 
Sounds like: 
Camp Cope, Speedy Ortiz, Cherry Glazerr. 
Say what? Luciano and Bowman met when she interrupted Bowman’s other band for a lighter while they were playing a gig.

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