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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.

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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.

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“Swear I’m Good at This” is almost like 21-year-old Alex Luciano’s coming-of-age story. It’s an engaging one at that, full of awkward moments, breaking hearts, insecurity and a discovery of power. The album begins in her past, but quickly moves to New York City, where we spend most of the rest of the story, listening to Luciano try to find her way around her beautiful, chaotic life to the tune of ravaging punk jams. Another major strength on “Swear” is Luciano’s singing, which has improved markedly since Diet Cig’s debut EP, “Over Easy”. She’s developed far more confidence, bringing her voice to the forefront and showcasing emotions beyond earnest teen angst and youthful rawness.

Diet Cig – Tummy Ache
Recorded Live: 3/16/2017 – Same Sky Productions – Austin, TX

Diet Cig – Barf Day
Recorded Live: 3/16/2017 – Same Sky Productions – Austin, TX

Diet Cig – Bath Bomb
Recorded Live: 3/16/2017 – Same Sky Productions – Austin, TX

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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.


The New York-based wild punk duo lifted up the spirits of every room they played in at SXSW. Diet Cig were the only band who are a much-needed shot in the arm every time I hear them, singer Alex Luciano bounces around on stage, singing and pushing her guitar to the limits. Drummer Noah Bowman was breaking sticks left and right and it was like we’d stepped into a page out of Where The Wild Things Are, the indie rock edition. Luciano is never not smiling ear to ear . Their set punctuates with the catchy single “Harvard”, where both band members are at their finest. I dare you to see Diet Cig play live and not totally fall for their happy-go-lucky energy.


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

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.


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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Alex Luciano-vox/guitar
Noah Bowman-drums

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In an age when most bands seem to arrive with an album already to roll, there’s been a quietly reassuring build up to the announcement of Diet Cig’s debut album. Having only shared a handful of tracks with the world so far, the New York duo have none the less garnered a strong following on the back of some riotous live shows, and near relentless touring. This week the band have announced details of their debut record, Swear I’m Good At This, as well as plotting out a huge tour of the US, with dates across the world to follow.


As well as all the exciting things still to come, Diet Cig have also this week shared a brand new, and rather brilliant new single with the world. Tummy Ache is a blur of hefty drum beats, crunching guitar chords, and Alex Luciano’s passionate, scathing vocal. Lyrically it deals with the difficulty of being a woman in a male dominated world, as Alex puts it, “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.” Cathartic, energetic, and seemingly unstoppable, Diet Cig are on the verge of something incredibly special; we’d argue they’re exactly the band the world needs right now, and it’s not hard to imagine crowds of thousands singing along to Tummy Ache’s final anthemic refrain.

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Swear I’m Good At This is out April 7th via French Kiss Records.