Album Review – Diet Cig: Do You Wonder About Me?
There’s often a tendency for bands to rush out their second album to keep momentum running. Diet Cig, however, have opted for a three year gap before releasing Do You Wonder About Me? into the world and this has given them the time and space to find the direction they want to take. The selection of rock infused singalong pop songs offers a wave of positivity, and with opening tracks Thriving and Who Are You? propels a current twist on past UK indie treasures The Primitives and The Darling Buds.
The tone softens on Priority Mail as the vocal is highlighted only with soft piano keys as a backdrop, then Flash Flood brings on board a guitar wall and feedback that shake any sense of this being a one dimensional body of work. Closing track Night Terrors (Reprise), gives a fittingly atmospheric ending, wrapping up the new fresh version of Diet Cig that this album brings; the energy still bursting through but with a maturity that reflects the work put into its making. As vocalist Alex Luciano says ‘You’re laughing! You’re crying! You’re dancing! You’re feeling emotional! We wanna bring it all.’
Do You Wonder About Me? is out now via Frenchkiss Records.You can get the latest news from Diet Cig and order the album here – watch the video for Thriving below.
Words by Siobhan
2nd May 2020