Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good at This
Kat Stratford, Julia Stiles’ jock-lacerating ‘shrew’ from the Shakespeareriffing movie 10 Things I
You, would adore Diet Cig, she’d be smitten by the all-gold debut LP from Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman. They’re no Bikini Kill or The Raincoats, but that’s hardly the premise. This is unashamedly a record that would sit as comfortably in a youth club as in a rock club. The Brooklyn-based duo tear through 12 songs in fewer than 30 minutes, supernova hooks at every turn. Luciano’s angst fuels the likes of Barf Day (“I just want to have ice cream for my birthday/Blow my candles out and wish all of my pain away”), and Sixteen, an evisceration of an ex-boyfriend. The framing of these stories of growing into adulthood help to make this a terrific, uplifting record.