Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This (Frenchkiss Records)
Genre: Lo-Fi Rock
Diet Cig are a tricky band to tie down. They’re an abrasive two-piece with the ability to turn on the sweet charm. It’s not so much that butter wouldn’t melt in lead singer Alex Luciano’s mouth, it’s more the fact that she’s more likely to spit it right back at you.
But it’s that combination which makes the Americans such an interesting group to listen to. From the enchanting piano almost hidden behind Luciano’s stripped back guitar on Blob Zombie to the so-frank-it-hurts introduction to Sixteen, their music is two parts Blood Red Shoes, one part Los Campesinos! and 100% engaging.
In sharing those personal experiences and a sprinkling of girl power, Diet Cig are an incredibly easy band to get attached to and their first song on the album is just a taste of what’s to come.
The building, crashing Tummy Ache tells of the virtues of female self-reliance while Maid of the Mist combines the narrative of women taking back control of their own bodies with a real lo-fi, thrashing performance behind the drums from Noah Bowman.
Swear I’m Good At This isn’t just about deep thinking and taking the power back. At its heart is a band making vibrant, colourful music that’s perfect for a summer spent listening to rock tunes without falling down the rabbit hole and coming out the other side with jet black hair and a tattoo of a raven’s skull on your chest.
Diet Cig are another band with a debut album that’s good enough to make people excited and they have certainly lived up to the hype, this short sharp shock of an album is fresh, fun and exciting. Long live Diet Cig.
RUSHONROCK RATED: 8/10 Full Fat Fun