Diet Cig are a duo that have taken indie rock by storm since their inception in 2014. And their heartfelt lyricism and burgeoning riffs intertwine to create a musical experience that hooks the listener into a sweet submission. You’d expect these well designed, catchy, driven songs to be produced by a quintet rather than two main creators. Alex Luciano sings with authority and plays the guitar like she’s lost in a whirlpool of creativity, and drummer Noah Bowman hits those drums intricately and loudly. It all generates an innovative sound, one where people could escape into.
New record Do You Wonder About Me? Is an insightful, in-depth analysis of the past. Luciano bellows, using her voice as a sound of reason and letting it slowly develop on slower songs. She’s a wordsmith also, someone who can write meaningful poetry that resonates and helps the listener gravitate toward her inner thoughts. On some of these songs, there is compassion, but there’s sadness exuding too. Not always light, bleakness powers on like a fully functional engine. This doesn’t extract from what’s she’s trying to say though, as she’s putting forward her sharp feelings effectively.
“Thriving” starts off the record. It has those notes of sadness. Luciano sings with tinges of sorrow and dejection bubbling in her voice. The riff is a pleasing contrast, but it’s the lyrics that hit hard. This song is about smashed love and a cheating lust. “Broken Body” is riff infused, and the melody is infectious. Luciano’s body feels bent and broken, and her stance on love has been impacted by hate. “Worth The Wait” naturally blooms as a balled of sorts, not saturated by clichés. The vocals are clean, and those instrumentals are toned perfectly. It is a songwriter’s dream.
Diet Cig are a band shaping songs that make you feel you’re in an apartment in New York, drinking spirits and waiting on the world to wake up. Their songs are the essence of simple and honest songwriting. They’re definitely a talented duo hitting the correct notes.