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Giant Drag - LA's hottest new act?

Giant Drag

Feature by Jack Foley

THEY’RE among the hottest new acts of the moment thanks to the sell-out success of Kevin Is Gay – but who are Giant Drag?

On guitar and vocals is 24-year-old Annie Hardy, while backing her on drums and keyboards is Micah Calabrese. Annie was raised in the middle class beach town of San Clemente in California’s Orange County and became interested in music at an early age, picking up the guitar in 10th grade.

Her father works at a gas station, while her mother is a playwright but the couple separated soon after Annie started High School. As a result, she spent a lot of her spare time in her room, practicing.

She was first introduced to Micha by her mother who was working with him at the time and they quickly became best friends, forming Giant Drag in 2003. Since then, they have rapidly developed a reputation as one of the most exciting new acts to hit the LA scene in a while thanks to their winning sound that combines hard rock with some quieter, poppier moments.

Debut album Hearts and Unicorns arrives in UK shops off the back of overwhelming critical success in the states and could well become of the debut releases of the year for those willing to check them out.

And Xfm have already picked up on the vibe and have invited them to headline at their Xposure gig at Camden’s Barfly on March 2 (2006).

For Annie, such world-wide acclaim is all the more impressive given that the San Clemente population would have frowned on such ambition. “It’s shocking if you are a girl and you do something other than go shopping or go to the beach,” she is quoted as saying.

She also feels lucky to have escaped, observing in another interview that she does return home sometimes but finds it depressing: “I don’t know what the fuck is going on down there. A bunch of kids I went to school with have died already. If they didn’t overdose, they have kids already. Some of them are strung out. I don’t know what is going on down there. There is a nuclear plant down there. Where I lived, Forrester Ranch, is built on a toxic waste dump. There are high rates of cancer down there. My mom had a twenty-pound tumor on her ovary.”

Needless to say, the NME has declared its love for them, while most of the UK music press seems to be purring. Try listening to the debut album and you might see why.

  1. I agree, Giant Drag are awsome. However the question you should be asking is could they be the start of the next grunge movement? There's more stuff on them on this site

    Giant Drag Fan    Feb 28    #