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New York indie rock pairing Alex Luciano (guitar/vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums) have been playing as awesome band Diet Cig for six years now and despite their hard-earned reputation for their passionate performances they’ve always felt somewhat like they’ve got something to prove. The duo blast away any shadow of doubt just how amazing they are on their second LP ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’

“We spent a lot of time after the first record growing as people, being humans outside of tour for a little bit, and trying to shed the imposter syndrome.” – Alex Luciano

It can get truly exciting when you strip rock right down to the bare basics. Getting rid of all the unnecessary gimmicks and gadgets allows the purity of a song can shine through and it’s the truly special bands that dare to write in this way. Dashing all fears of a difficult second album, they have returned with a rousing record that has all the energy of their debut as heard on stand out song ‘Broken Body’ plus the added dynamism of gorgeous slower tracks like ‘Night Terrors’.

From the album, ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’ out May 1, 2020 on Frenchkiss Records.

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Do You Wonder About Me? Is the follow-up to 2017’s Swear I’m Good At This. The new record marks a more intentional, self-assured Diet Cig; not only in Luciano’s radically intimate, acerbic lyrics, but in the duo’s sound as well. Luciano and Bowman moved to Richmond, VA in the summer of 2017 as a place to “hide out and make music,” and it was there that they wrote Do You Wonder About Me?, Diet Cig’s ode to growing up.

“We spent a lot of time after the first record growing as people, being humans outside of tour for a little bit, and trying to shed the imposter syndrome.” Luciano says. Spending the time to make the kind of music they really wanted to make and making sure they felt good about it was crucial to the success of tracks like Night Terrors. It’s a slower-paced song than Diet Cig’s usual, but just as biting; a song about reckoning with all the past versions of yourself. As Luciano puts it, “Am I still these people, or have I shapeshifted?” It’s essentially the thesis of Do You Wonder About Me?, considering and accepting the embarrassing aspects of your identity, and how they’re just as much a part of you as the good stuff.

Our second album, “Do You Wonder About Me?” is coming out May 1st! Pre-order the record (https://orcd.co/dietcigwonder) and check out our new song, “Thriving.” Thriving was the first song we wrote for this record!!! Inspired by the melodrama of reality TV and musical theater, we wanted the song to bounce back and forth between a lavish personal anthem and the anguish of feeling forever beholden to others opinions.

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Releases May 1st, 2020

All songs written by Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman

Band Members
Alex Luciano-vox/guitar
Noah Bowman-drums
Jamal Ruhe played all the bass
Karli Ashlyn Helm sang harmonies and additional vocals and played additional keys
Christopher Daly shredded the arpeggiator more than once
Travis de Jong played saxophone

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“Do You Wonder About Me?” Is the follow-up to 2017’s Swear I’m Good At This. The new record marks a more intentional, self-assured Diet Cig; not only in Luciano’s radically intimate, acerbic lyrics, but in the duo’s sound as well. Luciano and Bowman moved to Richmond, VA in the summer of 2017 as a place to “hide out and make music,” and it was there that they wrote Do You Wonder About Me?, Diet Cig’s ode to growing up.

“We spent a lot of time after the first record growing as people, being humans outside of tour for a little bit, and trying to shed the imposter syndrome.” Luciano says. Spending the time to make the kind of music they really wanted to make and making sure they felt good about it was crucial to the success of tracks like Night Terrors. It’s a slower-paced song than Diet Cig’s usual, but just as biting; a song about reckoning with all the past versions of yourself. As Luciano puts it, “Am I still these people, or have I shapeshifted?” It’s essentially the thesis of Do You Wonder About Me?, considering and accepting the embarrassing aspects of your identity, and how they’re just as much a part of you as the good stuff.

New York City’s Diet Cig have a new album entitled Do You Wonder About Me? on the way, and you can hear its thundering, lucent “Who Are You?” as of today. The LP is out through French kiss Records on May 1st. You can pre-order glow-in-the-dark-green-vinyl, CD, cobalt-blue-cassette and digital editions of it either from the band’s webstore or from their Bandcamp page now.

Band Members
Alex Luciano-vox/guitar
Noah Bowman-drums

From the album, ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’ out May 1, 2020 on Frenchkiss Records.

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It’s safe to say we are glad to see Diet Cig back in action: the duo were aclaimed as one of 2016’s best new bands on the strength of their 2015 debut EP Over Easy and subsequent singles, and ranked Swear I’m Good At This  among the best albums of 2017. There’s no word yet on whether “Night Terrors” is our first preview of a new album from the duo. Alex Luciano said of the single. “This song centers around my very real and frequent experiences with night terrors and other bizarre sleep activity,” .

Vocals Guitar – Alex Luciano Drums – Noah Bowman Bass – Jamal Ruhe Synth – Karli Ashlyn Helm, Christopher Daly

Diet Cig are definitely the ones to see. Do not miss your chance to see this huge emerging talent when they hit the UK. They have just announced a headline tour, with shows at Rough Trade Bristol, The Hope & Ruin at Brighton, YES at Manchester and The Camden Assembly in London during May 2020. Be there!

“Night Terrors” out now on  Frenchkiss Records..

The Hold Steady have finally announced their long-awaited new album “Thrashing Thru The Passion”, which will be released on August 16th via Frenchkiss Records.

New York City based, The Hold Steady is fronted by singer/lyricist Craig Finn. The first single “Denver Haircut” immediately hits that ever-so-familiar The Hold Steady sound that has made us fall in love with them in the first place. Being their first new album in five years, this is the first album the current incarnation of the band that features both guitarist Steve Selvidge with returning keyboardist Franz Nicolay. The keys paired with that extra layer of guitar makes all the difference and the band sounds like they never ever left but also totally reinvigorated.

“Denver Haircut” is the first song taken from the upcoming album Thrashing Thru The Passion out on Frenchkiss Records,

 

Daily Dose: Valley Maker, "A Couple Days"

Austin Crane is Valley Maker, a singer song-writer hailing from Seattle, USA. He will release his sophomore LP, Rhododendron, on October. 12th via Frenchkiss Records.

Following his previous single, “Light On The Ground,” Crane released another new single, album opener “A Couple Days.” The song was one of four tracks that he recorded alongside Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi whom he met back in college at the University of South Carolina. Bear produced the track and also contributed drums, bass, keyboards and backing vocals.

The song, which also has an accompanying video directed by Joseph Kolean, showcases Crane’s lush, textured folk vocals, spacious sound and melancholy backing vocals. His language might be metaphorical and rhetorical, but his tender voice and indie-rock songwriting are both immensely grounding.

The remainder of the album was produced by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), and includes contributions from drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis), bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), trumpeter Brandon Camarda, saxophonist Andrew Swanson and vocalist Amy Fitchette.

From the new Valley Maker record, Rhododendron – out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records.

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Seattle-based singer-songwriter Austin Crane, aka Valley Maker, will release his sophomore LP, Rhododendron, on October. 12th via Frenchkiss Records.

Following his previous single, “Light On The Ground,” Crane released another new single, album opener “A Couple Days.” The song was one of four tracks that he recorded alongside Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi whom he met back in college at the University of South Carolina. Bear produced the track and also contributed drums, bass, keyboards and backing vocals.

The song, which also has an accompanying video directed by Joseph Kolean, showcases Crane’s lush, textured folk vocals, spacious sound and melancholy backing vocals. His language might be metaphorical and rhetorical, but his tender voice and indie-rock songwriting are both immensely grounding.

The remainder of the album was produced by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), and includes contributions from drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis), bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), trumpeter Brandon Camarda, saxophonist Andrew Swanson and vocalist Amy Fitchette.

From the new Valley Maker record, Rhododendron – out 10.12.18 on Frenchkiss Records

'Almost Killed Me'

Even on their first album, these Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis dudes had it all: drugs, sex, Catholic guilt, trashy bar-band guitars. Craig Finn splutters his crazed one-liners about killer parties gone bad, from “Mary got a bloody nose from sniffing margarita mix” to “I did a couple favors for these guys who looked like Tusken Raiders.” “Certain Songs” pays tribute to a bar where the jukebox has the perfect ratio of Meat Loaf to Billy Joel. Commercial? Not exactly. Yet the Hold Steady sounded so real and raw, so loaded with wit and compassion and energy, this made them a word-of-mouth sensation.

To celebrate the release of deluxe remastered editions of ALMOST KILLED ME and SEPARATION SUNDAY, all of the members of The Hold Steady share their memories from recording the band’s first two albums, with added insight from others involved in making the first two records in this podcast series.
Part One features a conversation between Craig Finn & Tad Kubler, founders and lead songwriters.
Come back this Friday for part two with Galen Polivka – and remember, both albums are available Now on LP/CD/Digital! Order at http://www.theholdsteady.net#

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The long-awaited release of the deluxe editions of our first two LPs are available on Frenchkiss Records! The Deluxe Edition LPs mark the first time both albums have been available on vinyl in more than a decade.

ALMOST KILLED ME: DELUXE EDITION comes joined with five rare tracks, including the very first Hold Steady 7” single, “Milkcrate Mosh,” and songs previously only available on the album’s original Australian CD release. It’s on blue vinyl.

SEPARATION SUNDAY: DELUXE EDITION features six additional tracks, including the never before available “212-Margarita” and “The Most Important Thing” along with previously unreleased demos of “Cattle and the Creeping Things,” “Charlemagne in Sweatpants,” and “Crucifixion Cruise.” It’s on white vinyl.

All extras are available on the Deluxe Edition CD releases and via vinyl download cards.

If you haven’t yet, go to http://www.theholdsteady.net to order physical copies!

“Almost Killed Me” and “Separation Sunday” Deluxe Editions now available on LP/Digital from Frenchkiss Records!

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Diet Cig set out to empower women in their new video for “Maid of the Mist,” a track from their April release Swear I’m Good At This. Directed by Emily Dubin, with whom the duo also worked for their most recent video release, Over Easy’s “Harvard,” the video features alternating clips of a seance performed by witches and a game of spin-the-bottle.

The video’s premise aims to shatter stereotypes: Dubin depicts the witches casting a spell to get the spinning bottle to land on the boy they want to kiss, satirizing how men perceive women. At the end, however, it is the girl that bests the boy. Dubin states, “I think our fondness for and practice of emotional intelligence in a general sense is one of the strongest assets that women can have; what better way to embody power, sensitivity, emotion, and connection to the universe than a bad ass group of witches?”

Diet Cig are currently touring Europe with The Spook School

Taken from our debut album “Swear I’m Good At This” out now on Frenchkiss Records.

Diet Cig have shared a new single from their upcoming debut long player Swear I’m Good At This, which is out on the 7th April.

The marvellously named Barf Day is another glistening, hooky slab of percussive indie punk that brims over with attitude.

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Taken from the debut album “Swear I’m Good At This” out April 7th, 2017 on Frenchkiss Records. Preorder the album NOW and get this track and “Tummy Ache” immediately!

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Band Members
Alex Luciano-vox/guitar
Noah Bowman-drums