Sad13, Thin Lips
Alternative rock duo Diet Cig have a keen sense of fun, even while delivering relatable, heartfelt songs about youth, love, and life. Vocalist/guitarist Alex Luciano met drummer Noah Bowman in 2014, during a party on the campus of State University of New York at New Paltz; Bowman was mid-performance with his band, Earl Boykins, when Luciano approached him asking for a lighter. The pair quickly hit it off and, ultimately, started making music together. Luciano already had a number of songs ready to go, albeit in acoustic format; Bowman suggested switching to electric guitar — for all intents and purposes it would be Luciano’s first electric experience — and adding drums. During the summer of 2014, Bowman had moved in with sound engineer Chris Daly (Porches, Quarterbacks), allowing for the speedy recording of their debut EP, Over Easy. In need of a platform to release the record, Dean Engle (frontman for Quarterbacks) passed on the recordings to Jessi Frick (label head at Father/Daughter), leading to the release of Over Easy in February 2015; the EP was received with glowing positivity, raising the duo’s profile considerably. Diet Cig toured almost nonstop throughout 2015 and 2016, including shows all over the U.S. and Europe, only pausing to release a double-sided single, Sleep Talk, and to start work on their debut album. Swear I’m Good at This was released in 2017 via Frenchkiss Records. ~ Liam Martin, Rovi
Seeking to counteract the misogynistic messages in mainstream pop songs, Speedy Ortiz‘s Sadie Dupuis started making her own subversively catchy music as Sad13 (pronounced “sad thirteen”). The project’s roots started when Dupuis met rapper Lizzo while on tour with Speedy Ortiz; a fan of Lizzo‘s music, Dupuis collaborated with her on “Basement Queens,” a song about women making music on their own that became Sad13’s debut single in January 2016. Inspired, Dupuis wrote and recorded more Sad13 songs early that year in a Philadelphia bedroom she sublet from a friend. The results became the full-length debut Slugger, which Carpark released in November 2016. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
Thin Lips, huh? A rock/roll type indie band who place a whole lot of value on humility, kindness, and erudite riffage. Following their fledgling EP, Divorce Year, with the release of their first full-length record, Riff Hard (Kyle Pulley/ the Headroom, May 2016), Chrissy Tashjian steers Thin Lips down the middle lane of pop sensibility, while simultaneously testing the boundaries of some pretty wild licks, bud; backed by rhythm keepers Michael Tashjian (drums and Chrissy’s younger brother), and Kyle Pulley (bass/audio engineer), and auxiliary guitar player, Christopher M. Diehm. 2017 finds the band looking ahead to a European tour and split record release with friends, Modern Baseball and the Superweaks, as well as pre-production for a forthcoming full-length record.