Swear I’m Good At This is the debut album that was released on April 7, 2017 via Frenchkiss Records. The lead single, “Tummy Ache” has been gaining recognition and attention to the band. Of the single, Diet Cig mention that the track “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, who are well-known for their energetic and bombastic live shows, impressed many during their showcases at SXSW 2017. Comprised of Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums), Diet Cig have been playing music together ever since Luciano interrupted the set of Bowman’s other band for a lighter. The New York duo have since released the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back. The New York Times labeled it “a lo-fi whirlwind, with songs cutting to the heart” and NPR said the EP is “cathartic pop-punk with boundless vitality and wide-eyed charm” while Pitchfork chimed in calling it “a collection of brisk, personal pop-punk.”
B-Sides host, Pete Mar, spoke with Diet Cig about Swear I’m Good At This, their formation, the songwriting process and more.