Annie Hardy

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Annie Hardy
Birth name Annie-Summer Hardy
Born (1981-06-05) June 5, 1981 (age 33)
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock, punk pop, freestyle
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Kickball, Full Psycho Records
Associated acts Giant Drag, Annie Hardy & The Psychos, PnP (The Best Band In The World)

Annie-Summer Hardy (born June 5, 1981) is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the American rock act Giant Drag.

Previously signed to Interscope Records, she was voted one of NME's "50 Coolest People," and has received major news coverage in NME,[1] Spin,[2][3] MTV News[4] and Rolling Stone,[5] among others. She started her own record label October 2012 launching Full Psycho Records, TV & Crafts in a soft launch.[6]

She is known for her quick-witted stage persona and retorts to insults (Hardy has said, "As long as I get the last laugh, I'm fine"[7]), and for the explicit titles of some of her songs, such as "You Fuck Like My Dad" (which was shortened to "YFLMD") and "My Dick Sux" (though the lyrical content of the actual songs is not as blatantly explicit).

Early life[edit]

Hardy grew up mostly in San Clemente, a city in Orange County, California. Her mother is Molly Hardy, a part-time playwright and director.[8] When Hardy was younger, she acted in one of her mother's plays. She got her first guitar when she was in the sixth grade, but attempts at getting lessons failed.

In the tenth grade, Hardy went to a boarding school in Ojai of which she says, "There was nothing to do there. I was acting there and I was in the choir."[9] It was there that she met another girl who also had a guitar. According to Hardy, "Her Dad was teaching her Beatles songs. So we learned how to play together. I learned a lot by studying piano books that had chord charts. I bought some rock books. Around then I learned how to play and sing at the same time."[9]

After high school, Hardy did extra work for money and pursued a musical career. In 1999, she moved to Los Angeles. At some point, Hardy worked as a DJ at Beauty Bar. Hardy continued looking for band members and was involved in many potential bands, including Mein Coif, with friends Mike Felix (now drummer of Toys That Kill) and Max Humphrey (bassist of The Adored).

Giant Drag[edit]

In May 2003, Hardy and Micah Calabrese formed Giant Drag. Hardy's mother, who had worked with Calabrese, had initially attempted to get Hardy and Calabrese to meet, but the two eventually met through mutual friends. They began recording music together, including covers of Journey's "Who's Crying Now" and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows."

According to Hardy, "One day I said, 'Hey dude, you know all my songs. Why don't you be my drummer?' He agreed."[9] They considered looking for a bass player, until Calabrese began playing bass parts on a synthesizer with his left hand while playing drums with his right as a joke. Hardy and Calabrese decided that Calabrese would continue to do this from that point on.

Giant Drag's first show was on June 4, 2003, at the Scene in Los Angeles, one month after they decided to be a band. They went on to play venues like The Troubadour, Silverlake Lounge, The Fold and The Derby.

On January 25, 2005, Giant Drag released the EP Lemona on Wichita Recordings. This was followed on September 13, 2005 by their first full-length release, Hearts and Unicorns, on Kickball Records.

In December 2008, NME announced that she was suffering from fibromyalgia.[10]

The Swan Song EP was released on February 16, 2010.[11][12]

Acting and TV appearances[edit]

In February 2010, she made her screen debut in a short film by Spike Jonze.[13]

In July 2011, Annie made a musical appearance on the 2011 Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars.[14]

Other works[edit]

Annie Hardy frequently co-hosted the Get The Fuck Up GTFU radio show with Jeremy Weiss and Aaron Farley.[15]

On January 4, 2007, Hardy announced on Giant Drag's official website that she will be recording a cover of Madonna's "Oh Father" for a charity/tribute Madonna album that will benefit AIDS in Africa tentatively titled "Through The Wilderness."[16]

Giant Drag's cover of "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak was used in a commercial for Nip/Tuck on the FX Network.[17][18] Giant Drag originals have been featured on television shows including The L-Word, Jericho and the movie A Love Song For Bobby Long starring Scarlett Johansson and John Travolta.

Collaborations and relationships[edit]

Hardy started her own record label, TV network & crafts business called "Full Psycho: Records. TV. Crafts." and has made a monthly mission of covering bands they reinvestigate to learn more about via her website's feature "Going Full Psycho On..."[19] with bands such as The Icarus Line collaborating with her again.

Hardy provided guest vocals on the song "Pink Cellphone" from the 2006 Deftones album Saturday Night Wrist.[20] On 26 April 2007 Hardy performed the song "Just Like Honey" onstage with The Jesus and Mary Chain for their reunion show the day before Coachella.[21]

Annie contributed vocals to The Icarus Line's 2010 record Wildlife and performed a number of the bands live appearances on organ. She also appeared at the debut live performance of Crosses (featuring Deftones singer and guitarist Chino Moreno) in Pomona, CA, performing the Giant Drag song "Swan Song".[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annie Hardy". NME. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Giant Drag Splits in Two | SPIN | Newswire". SPIN. 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Breaking Out: Giant Drag | SPIN | Profiles | Spotlight". SPIN. 2005-10-24. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  4. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (2005-12-29). "Harry Potter Hearts Giant Drag - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Music News: Latest and Breaking Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  6. ^ "Full Psycho Records". Full Psycho Records. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  7. ^ Kate Sullivan (2005-12-01). "Kitty Litter - Page 1 - Calendar - Los Angeles". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  8. ^ "SFBurning.com". SFBurning.com. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  9. ^ a b c "SFBurning.com". SFBurning.com. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  10. ^ "Giant Drag frontwoman Annie Hardy suffering from chronic muscle disorder | News". Nme.Com. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  11. ^ Breihan, Tom (2010-02-02). "New Release: Giant Drag: Swan Song EP | News". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  12. ^ "Giant Drag Return with ‘Swan Song’ EP in February | Sentimentalist Magazine". Sentimentalistmag.com. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  13. ^ "AOL Radio - Listen to Free Online Radio - Free Internet Radio Stations and Music Playlists". Spinner.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  14. ^ "Annie Hardy Battles On • Pretty Little Liars". Anniehardyparty.com. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  15. ^ "Giant Drag New Video “Stuff To Live For” + New EP On The Way : >>". A Good Day For Airplay <<. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  16. ^ "MANIMAL Records | Free Music, Mixes, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  17. ^ "Giant Drag: From a major label to auctioning hair - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  18. ^ "Nip/Tuck : Season 5 Promo". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  19. ^ Full Psycho Records
  20. ^ "The Deftones announce US dates | News". Nme.Com. 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  21. ^ "Jesus And Mary Chain Reunited, Disinterested". Stereogum. 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  22. ^ "††† (Crosses) Cover Giant Drag With Annie Hardy At Debut Live Show, More Quality Footage Available (Updated)". The PRP. ThePRP.com. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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