“If Tupac was a white woman wearing a dress with a very small crew. If Robin Hood stole from you even though you were poor and so much more, you may be a Giant Drag member.”
Giant Drag began as Annie Hardy and Micah Calabrese in the early oo’s, a very different time. Quickly signed by Interscope Records/Polydor UK after releasing one EP on UK tastemaker label Wichita Records, Giant Drag set out touring the world and making fans, opening for the likes of Tenacious D, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Cribs, Nine Black Alps and many more and appearing as the musical guest on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, playing many big overseas festivals like Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury and back in America, playing the second stage at Coachella.
Press darlings from day one, the media always enjoys Hardy’s transparent gift of gab and tendency toward lewdness. They graced the cover of many publications such as LA Weekly and others hard to remember due to the fact magazines don’t really exist anymore. Rolling Stone named them in their top bands to watch of 2005, Spin covered them often, Blender Magazine and perhaps the most adoring might have been NME Magazine who named Annie 50th Coolest Person in the World in 2005 as well as Music’s Hottest Girl after that, somehow beating out Rihanna thanks to it being voted on by readers.
Calabrese’s ability to function and make money is the world as a computer programmer understandably made him opt out of the band on several occasions, especially combined with Hardy’s struggles with substance abuse.
Around 2011 Micah was officially out of the band for good. Hardy made various line ups work for short periods but there was never anything like the original duo. A much heavier Giant Drag featuring Bobby Vega and Alvin DeGuzman toured opening for Pink Mountaintops and shortly after Hardy found herself pregnant by then-boyfriend Robert Paulson aka battle rapper Cadalack Ron.
Tragically at 17 days old Hardy’s son passed away from SIDS. If that wasn’t bad enough, nine months later Robert Paulson died of a drug overdose. Incase that wasn’t enough, bassist Alvin DeGuzman fell ill with a rare form of cancer that took his life and as the cherry on top her pet cat Chorley was accidentally killed right in front of her. A rough couple years to put it lightly.
Hardy released a solo album “Rules” that she recorded as a healing exercise with friend and long-time collaborator Joe Cardamone producing, featuring Don Bolles (The Germs), DJ Bonebrake (X), Petra Haden (That Dog) and many more of LA’s historical talents. Raw and transparent, it debuts her new soulful singing voice that she claims kicked in the day after her son died.
After an Instagram post moved infamous UK/Euro Tour Manager extraordinaire Dr Kiko to try his hand at being a booking agent which miraculously he pulled off and with the ease and swiftness of ten agents in one! To bring back such a burdensome musical endeavor would require the perfect fit for a bandmate which Hardy has found in Collin Deatherage, who will be playing drums and synthesizers a la Micah Calabrese. Deatherage also fronts his own band The War Toys in Los Angeles which finds him playing guitar, singing and writing.
Giant Drag will be touring the UK and Netherlands in late January/early February. Tickets are on sale now. Deutsche Ashram will be main support on all dates.