‘Tummy Ache’ sees Diet Cig at their very best from every angle.
Frustrated but determined to have a good time, Diet Cig have always dealt in glorious empowerment. From the pushback of ‘Sleep Talk’ to the curled lip of ‘Harvard’, the pair have always proudly rallied against the expectations of their scene but ‘Tummy Ache’ sees them grab a megaphone, paint a placard and take to the streets.
The first cut from their debut album sees the band step up in every way imaginable. Scrappy, infectious and grinning despite the bullshit, the band poke holes in the darkness and let the light shine. Dancing in their handmade spotlight, ‘Tummy Ache’ knows it’s “hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt,” but standing tall, “finally it’s time to make my words count.”
Keeping to their promise, every one of the hundred and sixty seconds of the track stands for something. Anxious and intimate before taking a breath and growing fearless, ‘Tummy Ache’ is potent but refuses to do anything but have a great time. Spinning with a newfound freedom and creating a space where everyone is welcome, Diet Cig are brimming with confidence. There’s a purpose to the high-kicks, a reason for the hammering swell and a desire for something better.
‘Tummy Ache’ sees Diet Cig at their very best from every angle. Their promise of ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ might be understating just how great this band have become but that wide-eyed excitement and welcoming smile still rages. Ali Shutler