Eleven (11) years ago, I wrote about Giant Drag’s Hearts and Unicorns album, and Annie Hardy appeared to be on top of the world. She would soon be playing Coachella as well as the Reading and Leeds festivals, while also being named one of the Top 50 Coolest People of the Year by NME. But then she just dropped out.
Hardy recently told LA Weekly, “Whatever your name is — whether it’s a band or a business — it always takes on the energetic frequency of the name. Giant Drag was always these huge bummers.”
Hardy farted around with a project or two but eventually fell out of music. She got a bad boyfriend, ditched him, found love, and became a mother, but tragically for only 17 days. Hardy lost her son, Silvio, to SIDS. After her son’s death, Hardy refound music and says that writing songs helped her with the grief, say goodbye, and ultimately saved her life.
The new album, Rules, will be released on April 7th, and the first single, “Want” features Don Bolles from The Germs on drums and Stephen McBean from Pink Mountaintops and Black Mountain on guitar.