New York City based pop-punk saviors Diet Cig will be sliding into the Bay Area for two Valentine’s Day shows next week. On Wednesday, February 14, the group will be headlining a sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco before stopping at The Catalyst Atrium the next night in Santa Cruz.

The band, usually operating as the duo of guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, has added two more musicians into the mix, including Karli Helm from SF band Pllush on keyboards. According to a recent interview with Westword, the band wanted to add the additional synth sounds and bass guitar on the duo’s most recent album, I Swear I’m Good at This.

If you’ve been looking for a good release from our anxiety-driven society, a Diet Cig show is a can’t-miss opportunity. The band is here to have fun and, to quote an official statement, “they’re here to tear you away from the soul-sucking sanctity of your dumpster-fire life and replace it with pop-blessed punk jams about navigating the impending doom of adulthood when all you want is to have ice cream on your birthday.”

Listen for yourself:

Diet Cig, Great Grandpa, The Spook School
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Rickshaw Stop
SOLD OUT, 8PM, All Ages

Diet Cig, Great Grandpa, The Spook School
Thursday, February 15, 2018
The Catalyst Atrium (SCZ)
$13/$15, 9PM, 16+,