BioIt's not every day that a new band is mentioned in the same breath as My Bloody Valentine, The Pixies, Mazzy Star, PJ Harvey, the Beach Boys and Nirvana. It's even rarer when it occurs in those bastions of hipster credibility, NME & Spin Magazine. Rarer still when that same band's first recording was a Journey cover. But indeed, that is part of the story behind Los Angeles combo Giant Drag - guitarist/singer Annie Hardy and drummer Micah Calabrese.
Wind back a little though, to the germination of Giant Drag in a musical matchmaking parent. Oddly enough, Annie's mother and Micah worked together - with Mrs. Hardy always prodding Micah, "my daughter is a musician, you should meet her!" meanwhile telling Annie "this guy at my work is in a band, you should meet him!" Of course, Micah saw this as a recipe for disaster, hoping he would never be forced to meet the Jewel wannabe singer/songwriter he imagined the daughter to be. Annie, meanwhile, hoped she'd never be introduced to this leather pant-clad Creed imposter. But that was not meant to be, as through some quirk of fate, Jewel and Creed actually met one another in 2001 through both of their best friends who just happened to be dating. Despite those initial reservations, the pair quickly became friends, having random jam sessions at Micah's practice space. The formation of what would be 'Giant Drag' came soon after when the two decided to record a song at Micah's home studio - a sweet cover of “Who's Crying Now?” by Journey.
Annie had been writing and recording countless songs by this time, and eventually Micah began recording some of them, adding drums and bass to complement her vocals and guitar. Annie felt Micah “passed the test,” and she asked Micah to be in her band, to which he replied, "okay.” About a month later, Annie decided to book the band's first show, whether they were ready or not. This would set the trend for the way Giant Drag was to exist: last minute and flying by the seat of their pants.
Of course, now that they were a “band,” they thought they needed a bass player, though that fruitless quest was solved one day when Micah jokingly tried playing bass lines on his Roland SH09 synthesizer while simultaneously playing drums. Amazingly the joke worked, and thus the band became a three piece - the third member being Micah's left hand. Still, one part was missing: they didn't have a name. With their first show rapidly approaching, they obviously needed to get their shit together. Annie came up with “Giant Drag” - a name Micah wasn't too stoked on. But Giant Drag it became, after Annie forced her way with a series of Indian burns.