Giant Drag

Giant Drag

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Spin has described Giant Drag as sounding 'like Mazzy Star stumbling home from a pub crawl.'

Biography

Giant Drag is Californian Annie Hardy ... "The fatherf**king female Kevin Sheilds"- NME

Annie Hardly lives in a closet "simply because it affords me the time and effort to do what I love. Music has always been the only thing I know I'll do for the rest of my life."

Growing up as part of Orange County's punk scene, Annie kicked around southern California playing in a number of local bands. She graced the keyboards for bands Shrinkwrap and Radio 4, but as she confesses "not the Radio 4 that people know about... we played around LA and OC for a few years, but things fell apart and another band snatched up the name." Annie tried her hand at working with other outfits with no serious results until she gave up and tried it solo. That too was fruitless.

It wasn't until Annie moved to LA 6 years ago and joined forces with friend Micah Calabrese. The duo had some fun banging out some cover songs.

Annie: "it all started with that sweet ass cover of "Who's Crying Now" by Journey"
Micah: "I remember it well"
Annie: "Then we did what no one should ever do and recorded "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys"
Micah: "Which almost killed me... you have to be drunk to think you can cover a song off pet sounds"

Some nine months later Giant Drag was born. Micah took to drums and synth with Annie on the mic and guitar. Annie secretly booked their first gig that same week at a club in Glendale and forced them to commit to perfecting the 7 tracks they had on hand. The show went off without a hitch and ever since the duo have played residencies at Fold (Oct '03) and Spaceland (June '04) including shows with Midnight Movies, Fiery Furnaces, Scissor Sisters, Dirty Little Secret and The Ponys, to name a few.

Giant Drag recorded their debut release at Record Plant studios in January for LA label Leftwing Recordings. The resultant 5 track EP 'Lemona' soft release out in July '04, which has sold out subsequent re-pressings due to high demand through independent shops in California. The recent signing to UK indie rock launch pad, Wichita Recordings, has thrust Giant Drag into the public eye and in January '05 the EP had an official US release.

Annie's laconically melodic voice and the distorted fuzz of guitars and synth is reminiscent at times of The Breeders or MBV. And what of her lyrics? well ....the lyrics speak for themselves, so listen closely.

"Like Mazzy Star stumbling home from a pub crawl"- SPIN

Giant Drag continues to play the live circuit, just finishing UK dates with Brendan Benson and US dates with Ladytron, Har Mar Superstar, The Unicorns and more.

Discography

"Lemona" EP
See giantdrag.com for streams.
"This Isn't It" currently on college radio.

Set List

The first song, "This Isn't It," is an energetic and grungy escapade. What's neat about Annie Hardy's lead vocals for Giant Drag is her cool sincerity, her lack of pretension and the fact that she doesn't sound like P.J. Harvey or Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna. This is immediately evident in "This Isn't It," a song which would have been wildly successful had it been released 10 years ago as an MTV "Buzz" video.
"Tired Yet," the next song, informs listeners, with its heavy blues chords, that Giant Drag is not only tough in relation to the pop divas of the world, but tough in ways that would make the most butch rock stars jealous, all with a heavy thread of effeminately stoned-out vocals.
"Cordial Invitation" is Giant Drag's premiere MBV sound alike, namely MBV's "Cupid Come," except Giant Drag's song is played at different speeds between verse and chorus.
With only five songs clocking for a total of less than 15 minutes, Lemona is one of those appetizers that could be served as a full