Diet Cig Rocked the Knitting Factory

Brooklyn indie pop duo Diet Cig have been making the rounds lately, touring with The Front Bottoms, Joyce Manor, best buds PWR BTTM, and their headlining hometown show after a summer’s worth of traveling felt like a cozy welcome.

Speaking of PWR BTTM, bass player Nicholas Cummins (they/them/theirs) group Fits opened the show. A veritable who’s who of the Brooklyn DIY scene, Fits features Cummins’ vocal and guitar work along with their former Fern Mayo bandmate Brian Orante on drums, Emma Witmer aka gobbinjr on bass and Joe Galarraga of Big Ups on guitar. With the majority of their Bandcamp profile consisting of Cummins’ recordings on an iPhone voice memo, the group played primarily from their most polished effort, their split EP with Yes, Yes, A Thousand Times Yes.

It’s too simple to just dismiss Katie Bennett’s outfit Free Cake for Every Creature as twee pop. On her latest record “Talking Quietly of Anything With You,” Bennett strums minimalist open chords underneath whisper soft vocals, with an ensemble of slide guitar, bass, and drums gently painting the landscape in the background. With the added characteristic of the noise from the analog tape recorder, Bennett creates an intimate environment to her listeners.

NYC indie quartet Acid Dad are a self-proclaimed “psych-punk” band whose influences display everything from the brash edge of Iggy Pop to a hazier LSD popping version of Arctic Monkeys. Their throwback sensibilities of composition made them the most easily accessible band on the bill for fans of all ages and definitely a standout act. The band has just begun to make waves performing at SXSW, a session for Audiotree live, and even being featured in The Deli magazine multiple times.

As their last show before going into the studio to record their debut record, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman aka Diet Cig came on-stage all smiles before diving into their track “Breathless” off their 2015 EP “Over Easy.” Ripping through track after track of songs from their current releases, Luciano took time from near-relentless bouncing across the stage to play their unreleased tracks from the upcoming record, such as the much slower “Sixteen.” On the newer material, the band seems to be showing some dynamic sensibilities about composing some more intricate material and lyrically dense points of reference about queerness and awkward sexual situations.
Free Cake for Every Creature
Acid Dad
Diet Cig

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