'Slop-pop' duo Diet Cig prides itself on honesty

By Jenelle Janci of Lancaster Online

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DIET CIG

Photography by Emily Quirk

“I am taking it as a good thing, that I am honest about who I am,” Luciano says. The self-described “slop-pop” duo Diet Cig will perform Saturday at the Chameleon Club’s Lizard Lounge.

The astrological description is fitting for 21-year-old Luciano, who has never shied away from being honest in her music. Her first single with Bowman as Diet Cig, “Scene Sick,” criticized the New Paltz, New York, music scene from which the band was birthed.

“I just felt like everyone was so cool, and no one wanted to dance and be stupid,” Luciano says. “That’s all I really wanted to do at shows. I was pretty frustrated with the fact that it just felt like everyone was trying really hard to appear a certain way.”

Luciano never felt the urge to cross her arms and silently head bob at shows. She went so far as to interrupt a band’s set once just to ask a member for a lighter.

That member was Bowman. He handed her a wine bottle instead, and the pair fostered a friendship after that night.
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