Why Diet Cig is So Darn Cute

Catch them Tuesday, May 2, at Rickshaw Stop.

(Shervin Lainez)

The duo behind Diet Cig describes its music as “slop pop.” Though I would suggest something along the lines of “cutesy-rock,” slop pop kind of makes sense. With adorable song titles (“Barf Day,” “Tummyache,” “Blob Zombie”) and singer Alex Luciano’s saccharine, childlike voice, Diet Cig definitely has the cute (or “pop”) factor down. But their music is also turgid, with thundering drums and heavy bass, giving a punky, garage-rock (or “slop”) edge to their sound.

The hipster duo has been a band for roughly three years, penning charming ditties about being sick, hating the local music scene, and narrowly avoiding run-ins with the cops. They named their debut record Over Easy after their favorite breakfast special at a joint called The Main St. Bistro in New Paltz, N.Y., and they each have matching baby-pink satin bomber jackets. Isn’t that just darling?

Diet Cig
At 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, at Rickshaw Stop. $12-$14; rickshawstop.com

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