“Don’t tell me to calm down. I know what I want, so please fuck off,” singer Alex Luciano sings on “Link In Bio,” the third track from her and drummer Noah Bowman’s stunning pop-punk debut long player — Diet Cig’s Swear I’m Good At This. The duo, which formed in New Paltz, New York, just last month released their first full-length album on Frenchkiss Records and bring their already renowned raucous party of a live show to Rickshaw Stop tomorrow night.
On Swear I’m Good At This, 12 tracks of sugary-sweet pop bangers (that clocks in at under 30 minutes) are punctuated by Noah’s propulsive drumming, as Alex shreds on guitar and shouts confessional lyrics that shine with raw catharsis while serving as emboldened expressions for human rights and decency. On “Maid of the Mist,” Alex sings, “I am bigger than the outside shell of my body and if you touch it without asking then you’ll be sorry.” It’s this kind of battle cry that permeates all of Alex’s lyrics — with intricately detailed heart-on-sleeve stories that quickly unfold to become bouncy anthemic shout-alongs in nearly every tune.
Listen to Diet Cig’s new album here and check out the people-powered, feminist party rock action of their video for “Tummy Ache” below. And don’t miss your chance to see Alex and Noah at Rickshaw Stop tomorrow night. This kind of sweet, powerhouse punk, in such an intimate setting, is sure to became a rarity as Swear I’m Good At This seeps into more and more stereos this summer.
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