The Bowery Presents: Diet Cig + Biglemoi + Val Hollie

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The Bowery Presents: Diet Cig + Biglemoi + Val Hollie
Thursday, September 17, 2015
8PM Doors | 9PM Show


Diet Cig are a duo made up of Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman, based out of the fertile ground that is SUNY New Paltz. Their clean-cut, driving punk isn’t treading any new sonic ground, but they have five stone-cold classics on their debut Over Easy EP, which is brimming with an intense and undeniable energy. They’re instantly likable, effortlessly anthemic, and delightfully easygoing — and they inspire a boundless enthusiasm in me that feels like I’m rabidly foaming at the mouth.

The EP plays like a greatest hits record, even though the band only came together this past summer. Luciano’s lyrics are incisive, endlessly quotable, and beg to be dissected and taken to heart. On “Breathless,” she acutely captures the overwhelming freedom and crushing unpreparedness that comes with moving into your first apartment: “I don’t have any kitchenware, but I can walk around in my underwear,” she sings, later asking “but will you come visit me?,” all too aware that we’re all works in progress, down to having no shower curtain in our shower. “Cardboard” is a scathing indictment of someone who desperately tries too hard: “Do you still have to act cool in front of certain people? Does your record player still have a broken needle?” And you’ll no doubt be shouting along to “Harvard” in no time: At the track’s climax, it blows up into a ball of raging fury and Luciano screams, “Fuck your Ivy League sweater, you know I was better,” lighting a match on some gasoline and blowing up everything around her.

Noah Bowman injects these songs with a gooey and lived-in freneticism; his drumming is like oxygen fanning the flame. “Scene Sick” lays out their modus operandi clearly: “I don’t care, I don’t care,” Luciano sings repeatedly, drawing you in close. “I just wanna dance, I just wanna dance/ Come on take my hand, fuck all your romance, I just wanna dance.” And you best follow their lead — take Diet Cig by the hand, and don’t let go.

New Orleans based Biglemoi, Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Soda Stereo, and Broken Social Scene come off as a healthy mix of all the best rock and roll ingredients. Anchored by simple, pleasant instrumentation, their songs are snapped together by sudden flourishes of technicality and genre shifting. The songwriting and structuring are fun, thoughtful, and unpredictable.

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