Dr. Martens is preparing for SXSW Music Festival. RSVP here to join us for three days of free shows at Container Bar in Austin, Texas.
In advance of the festival we caught up with Diet Cig who are playing on our stage. Their pop-punk sound is better described by lead singer Alex Luciano as ‘Slop Pop’. Read on to learn more about this energy-packed duo’s love for the stage and what they’re listening to in preparation for SXSW.
How did you become a band?
We met at a house show where Noah was playing in another band. I (Alex) interrupted his set to ask him for a lighter, and the rest is history! We just became a band, we wanted to open up our friend’s show and we only had four songs. We started just for fun, something to do on a boring Sunday over summer 2014. It was so much fun. We instantly clicked and decided we wanted to shred together forever!
How did you decide on your band name? And were there any runner’s ups?
Diet Cig was kind of a weird last-ditch choice, with the runner up being Lebron James Franco.
How would you describe your sound?
We call it slop pop! It’s poppy and sloppy and fun and carefree.
If a person has never heard your music before, what song should they listen to first and why?
They should listen to Harvard, it’s the first song we ever wrote and one of our favorites to play live. Also, the first single from our album, it’s called Tummy Ache. It’s really important to us because it reflects my feelings of being a femme person in the music industry, and how it can be fucking bullshit sometimes, but that I’m proud to have my voice heard.
What is the best thing about being on stage, playing a live show?
The crowd is always so fun! We love playing live, the energy from the folks in the audience is always so amazing. Jumping off the drum set is pretty fun too.
Do you remember your 1st pair of Docs?
I had a pair of Chelsea boots that I bought myself for my 19th birthday. I think I played our first ever show in them. I loved them so much even though they were too big on my feet. They made me feel like I could stomp on anyone who told me to make myself smaller.
What are a few songs or artists you’re listening to in preparation for SXSW?
We’re currently obsessed with Vagabon, Jay Som, Lisa Prank, Daddy Issues, and Maggie Rogers!! I think theyre all gonna be at SXSW and I really, really hope to catch them.