FEATURE: Diet Cig and The Spook School bring a new face to gender-fueled punk at MOTH club in Hackney

Coming all the way from New York, Diet Cig arrived in London this week to promote their new album, Swear I’m Good at This.

They played at M.O.T.H Club in Hackney on Tuesday October 24th, and Wednesday 25th, filling the small venue with balloons, fun times, and great tunes.

Their hour-long set featured music from the brand new record, as well as favourites from their previous EP and older singles.

The crowd sang along and jumped around, drinks in hand, cheering as guitarist & singer Alex Luciano jumped in the air and leapt across the stage full of energy.

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Their music breaks into the punk scene with a soft femme feel, pushing forwards an already-growing female movement in the genre.

Luciano said, “I think women have always been involved in punk and rock and I think that more people should just book women, and non-binary folks, and not cis white men.

“It’s like we’ve always been there, and I think its kind of on the industry folks to step up and book more women and work with more women.”

Their music combines elements from classic punk, modern pop-punk, and their own glittery, melodic, and punchy attitude.

Drummer Noah Bowman said, “It was tough, but in a good way. We really pushed ourselves on this record and tried to get as much as we could out of this record.”

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Before Diet Cig, Scottish punk band The Spook School took the stage.

Between fast punky tunes, drummer Niall McCamley and guitarist Adam Todd joke around, making the audience laugh with bits reminiscent of the band members’ stand up comedy days.

Once the music starts back up, the audience bobs their heads and sings along to punchy guitar riffs and relatable lyrics. Keeping the theme of gender & sexuality, the four piece group sing about gender fluidity, non-binary identity, and other LGBT issues.

Lead guitarist & singer Nye Todd said, “I guess it’s just something we think about lots. When you’re thinking a lot about things, especially if you use music as a way to express stuff, then thats what the music tends to be about.”

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Their new album Could it be Different? continues the trend of gender- and sexuality-focused songs. Set for release on January 26th in 2018, it features 11 fast-paced, catchy tracks with melodies that will get stuck in your head for weeks and powerful lyrics that anyone can relate to and yell along with.

“These songs are kind of more personal — they’re not smaller songs as in sound, but more emotionally vulnerable and personal songs,” said Nye Todd.

Their newest single, Still Alive, was written about Todd’s own experience being sexually assaulted; the chorus, which repeats the words “fuck you, I’m still alive,” is an ode to working through the experience, and the emotional growth that resulted from it.

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