Annie Hardy (Giant Drag)
Announces Solo Debut Album Rules
Out 4/7 on Full Psycho/American Primitive Records
"Want" ft. Don Bolles (The Germs) + Stephen McBean
(Pink Mountaintops, Black Mountain) Revealed Today
“edgy pop” - The New Yorker
“If Kurt Cobain and PJ Harvey had a daughter she might write fuzzy quaaude-rock
tunes like this duo’s charismatic Annie Hardy” - SPIN
“The austerely funereal, organ-pumped ode “Batman” (named after the superhero onesie Silvio was wearing the day he died) echoes the fragile, childlike yearning of Daniel Johnston” - LA Weekly
“After my son died, it all had to come back out. … Writing these songs saved me.” - Annie Hardy
“It’s Mazzy Star for perverts, basically.” - Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield
“Annie Hardy packs a punch, from her gauzy guitar tones to her arresting stage
presence to her potty mouth.” - The Los Angeles Times
Photo Credit: Asia Whitney
Annie Hardy began her illustrious career as lead singer, songwriter and guitarist ofGiant Drag over a decade ago. She returns to the public eye with her debut solo effort titled Rules on Full Psycho/American Primitive Records with contributions from Don Bolles (The Germs), Stephen McBean (Pink Mountaintops, Black Mountain) and Petra Haden (The Dog) on “Jesus Loves Me”. Written during a period of time during which she lost both her baby to SIDS at 17 days old as well as the baby’s father, her boyfriend Robert Paulson, the record is simultaneously beautiful and tragic. On Rules Annie trades in the grunge-pop grooves of Giant Drag for experimental art-punk, exposing her fragility in a way she never has before.
Lead by brooding synth organ and raw vocals, “High Forever” embraces the idea that one has to cherish the happy times as the highs always wear off. A masterful punk storm of primal prose “Shadow Mode” is about wanting someone to come save you but they’re not willing or able to do so. Written in one very quick, flowing take in her garage "Want" is a pleading, open wound of a lead single featuring Don Bolles from The Germs on drums and Stephen McBean from Pink Mountaintops and Black Mountain on guitar.
Lead single "Want" is out today.
Often compared to bands such as My Bloody Valentine and PJ Harvey, Giant Drag played Coachella and the Reading and Leeds festivals as well as touring with Scissor Sisters, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Jesus and Mary Chain and many more. After surviving two years of incredible personal loss, Annie Hardy returns to release a powerful poignant solo debut. Stay tuned for more news and opportunities to see her live coming soon.
Rules Track List
2. Jade Heim
4. Impossible To Love
5. Shadow Mode
6. High Forever
7. Go Hey Ruku Sake
8. Blood In Blood Out
9. Jesus Loves Me
11. Goodbye My Love
Annie Hardy (Giant Drag) Announces Solo Debut Out 4/7 + "Want" ft. Don Bolles (The Germs), Stephen McBean (Pink Mountaintops, Black Mountain)
Annie Hardy (Giant Drag)