New Audio: The Sweetly, Anxious Earnestness of Diet Cig’s New Single, “Dinner Date”

Comprised of Alex Luciano (guitar, vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums), the New Paltz, NY-based duo Diet Cig caught the attention of the blogosphere earlier this year with the release of their Over Easy EP  — and building up on that buzz the duo will be releasing the “Sleep Talk”/”Dinner Date” 7 inch album through Father/Daughter Records on September 18.

“Dinner Date,” the B-side single of the “Sleep Talk”/”Dinner Date” 7 inch is comprised of Luciano’s bratty, wailing vocals paired with a persistent and forceful rhythm and enormous power chords to craft a sound that should sound remarkably familiar — it bears an uncanny resemblance to Pixies, White Mystery and others but with a unhinged, frenzied urgency of anxious, desperate youth. So it shouldn’t it be terribly surprising that the material covers interpersonal anxieties with an sweet earnestness that should remind older listeners of how odd their own lives really have been — and continue to be. Certainly, such earnestness in an age of sneering irony is a refreshing and a reminder that it is okay to feel awkward, afraid and utterly stupid; all relationships make you feel that way at some point or another.