Diet Cig earned our Band To Watch designation by virtue of their charmingly approachable and insightful rudimentary songcraft and their infectious live presence, exemplified on their Over Easy EP and a pair of singles, “Dinner Date” and “Sleep Talk.” And now, after two years of relentless touring, they’re ready to release their debut album Swear I’m Good At This.
The first single is “Tummy Ache,” a tune that takes their formula — a few chords, a catchy melody, some reflections on the thrills and frustrations of young bohemian life — and coheres it into something sharper and fuller. “My stomach hurts,” Alex Luciano sings, “’cause it’s hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt.” Listen below.
In a press release, Luciano explains the song:
“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 out 4/7 on Frenchkiss. Pre-order it here and get “Tummy Ache” instantly.