Diet Cig -- Swear I'm Good at This

“Tummy Ache” by Diet Cig

Diet Cig’s “Tummy Ache” has been in my regular rotation since at least April, when the New York pop-punk duo dropped their debut LP Swear I’m Good At This — and at this rate it’ll probably still be making the rounds at year’s end. The song has catchy melodies, a chorus you can’t help but sing along with and explosive percussion, but at its heart is singer Alex Luciano’ clear frustration with being a woman in a male-dominated music scene.

She explained in a press release: “‘Tummy Ache’ is all about unpacking the feeling of approaching punk with radical softness, and the struggle when it’s not always read as powerful or cool or whatever enough. It’s the shout into my pillow when what I’m saying isn’t being heard, and a big old I FEEL YA to all the femme folks creating space for themselves in a world that wants to keep us quiet.”