One of Paste’s favorite new bands of 2016, Diet Cig, have announced their debut full-length album Swear I’m Good At This.
The punk duo, staples of the New York City indie-rock scene, gained some national attention with the release of their 2015 EP Over Easy and music fans have been eagerly awaiting news of a full album. Swear I’m Good At This promises to be a perfect display of singer/guitarist Alex Luciano’s ability to pack a lyrical punch inside a catchy melody. These are songs meant to sing along to, but Luciano doesn’t worry about censoring herself, not even for a minute. When she’s angry, you’ll know it. When she’s upset or sad, you’ll know it. Threats, diatribes, and moments of real vulnerability abound across the album, with lines like, “I am bigger than the outside shell of my body and if you touch it without asking then you’ll be sorry,” off the song “Maid Of The Mist.”
When she sings, “It’s hard to be a punk when you’re wearing a skirt,” on first single, “Tummy Ache,” you can hear her voice dripping with sarcasm, yes, but also acknowledging the honest difficulty of fitting femininity into the punk community. As the band notes:
[The song] is all about unpacking the feeling of approaching punk with radical softness, and the struggle when it’s not always read as powerful or cool or whatever enough. 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.
The band have also announced a month-long trek through North America to begin April 5 in New Haven, promising additional tour dates around the world, and will be tearing up SXSW for some shows before the album’s release. Tickets are on sale now.
Swear I’m Good At This will be out April 7 via Frenchkiss Records and is available for preorder here. Look below to listen to “Tummy Ache,” check out a 2016 session for Daytrotter via the Paste Cloud, and see a complete list of tour dates. Click here to read Diet Cig’s Best of What’s Next write-up from last summer.
Diet Cig Tour Dates:
04 – Binghamton, N.Y. @ Binghamton University
22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall (Noise Pop)
14-19 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
05 – New Haven, Conn. @ BAR
06 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ Boot & Saddle
07 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Baby’s All Right (early show)
07 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Baby’s All Right (late show)
08 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall
10 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
11 – Toronto, Ontario @ Drake Hotel
12 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Bug Jar
13 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock & Roll Hotel
14 – Richmond, Va. @ Gallery 5
15 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom
18 – Orlando, Fla. @ Will’s Pub
19 – Tampa, Fla. @ New World Brewery
20 – Tallahassee, Fla. @ Club Downunder (at FSU)
21 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade
22 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Snug Harbor
26 – Eugene, Ore. @ Boreal
28 – Seattle, Wash. @ Barboza
29 – Portland, Ore. @ Mississippi Studios
01 – Reno, Nev. @ Holland Project
04 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Echo
05 – Anaheim, Calif. @ Chain Reaction
06 – San Diego, Calif. @ Che Café (at UC San Diego)
08 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ The Catalyst Atrium