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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.

Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman describe the music in their band Diet Cig as “slop pop.” The self-coined genre nicely sums up the duo’s work, from their short-and-sweet songwriting to the fuzzy guitar jangles. But the best way to get acquainted with the two is through the video for “Dinner Date” in which Luciano plays an arm-wrestling champion. Her opponents are at least a head taller than her, but she knocks them out with ease. Likewise, her tendency to crank the music from a whisper suddenly to a gutsy scream can catch any casual listener who expected a soft, shy type by surprise.

“Dinner Date” is part of the duo’s single release 7”, Sleep Talk/Dinner Date, released in last year. Before the small single, though, Diet Cig first made their name through Over Easy. Luciano wrote the songs in the five-track EP in her bedroom, and the shut-in angst can be felt in the highlight track “Harvard”. “How’s your new Ivy League girlfriend,” she mockingly asks her ex-partner in the scrappy diss track. It ends with her singing “you know I was better” but not before dismissing her enemy’s college sweater.

“Dinner Date” also shares a similar just-over-it attitude. Over a simple, buzzing guitar riff, Luciano rolls her eyes at her mom, dad and a whole gang of friends who she no longer talks to. “And maybe if you took me out to dinner, I would like anything to last longer than a year,” she signs off the single, with an air of exhaustion.

Diet Cig’s total output is a bit slim, with seven songs spread over an EP and a 7” single, both out via Father/Daughter Records. But the duo doesn’t need much more when the songs already have a defined voice in Luciano’s raw songwriting. Their music already won over the fans and critics in the US.

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When we first introduced Diet Cig at the beginning, they had barely played any shows and were just gearing up to release their debut. As 2015 closes, they’re poised on the edge of greatness. That’s due in large part to their boundless live energy, but also the strength of the jump-around-your-room joyous Over Easy, which only seems to get better with age. It’s a collection of fuck-you songs of incomparable measure, ones that never take themselves too seriously but still cut close to the heart. Sharp lyricism and an ambling forward momentum are sure to leave you, well,

On their debut LP Swear I’m Good at This, this New Paltz, N.Y., duo strike a winsome balance between sugary, sometimes plaintive vocals and serrated guitar riffage over galloping drums on catchy songs that sift through the tumult and confusion of young adulthood. Onstage, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman add explosive energy: Luciano scarcely stands still, bouncing around the stage like she’s spring-loaded and pausing occasionally for leg kicks worthy of the Rockettes. The result is a communal catharsis that is upbeat, life-affirming and a hell of a lot of fun.

Diet Cig: <i>Swear I'm Good At This</i> Review

It’s been two years since Diet Cig first catured our hearts with their debut EP “Over Easy”. So their debut long player “Swear I’m Good At This” spans 12 tracks and with any luck it’ll be the making of the NY duo.

Diet Cig is a pop-punk/indie-pop/cuddlepunk duo from New Paltz, New York. They are Alex Luciano (guitar/vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums), and they’re one of my most favourite New York bands. You may remember that I’ve raved about them before .

A few months ago, I was delighted to see their debut album on the list of new releases for 2017. The album “Swear I’m Good at This”— comes out on Friday via the magnificent label Father Daughter Records. That label is home to so many of the bands that have made my year-end lists over the past couple of years. there’s a few Father/Daughter albums this year that have already secured spots in my 2017 year-end list.

I’ve managed to get my ears on Swear I’m Good at This a couple of days early, and I absolutely love it. It’s got everything that I loved about the Over Easy EP, but it’s even better.

“Bath Bomb”, is a great track its one of those songs to keep playing the song again and again. And again. It’s got the quiet/loud/quiet/louder thing going on. It’s got all the bounciness and sheer joy that I’ve come to expect from Diet Cig. And it’s about lying in the bath for a long time until your fingers prune.

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Sleep Talk / Dinner Date is a Father/Daughter (US) and Art Is Hard (UK) co-release. The 7″ is limited to 1000 copies on white frosted clear vinyl. The songs with be available digitally — “Sleep Talk” and “Dinner Date”  later both will be released on vinyl 18th September. Like previous release  “Over Easy”  it was recorded with Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Company in New Paltz, NY and mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music.

After beginning as a casual project between Alex Luciano (guitar) and Noah Bowman (drums), New Paltz, New York’s Diet Cig have made a big statement out of five highly infectious pop songs. The pair met under rather unusual circumstances: Luciano, desperate for a lighter, interrupted the set of Bowman’s other band, Earl Boykins. No lighter was to be found, but a friendship was sparked and Diet Cig was born.

Catch Diet Cig on tour throughout the US this fall