Annie Hardy began her illustrious career as lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Giant Drag over a decade ago. With accolades from NPR, Pitchfork, Stereogum and many more, she returns to the public eye with her debut solo effort titled Rules. Annie has shared pleading lead single “Want” and introspective art-punk cut “High Forever”. Today she unleashes “Shadow Mode”, a masterful punk storm of primal prose about wanting someone to come save you but finding they’re not willing or able to do so. “Shadow Mode” premiered with Stereogum/
Rules will be released April 7 on Full Psycho/American Primitive Records with contributions from Don Bolles (The Germs), Stephen McBean (Pink Mountaintops, Black Mountain), Petra Haden (That Dog), DJ Bonebrake (X) and Joe Cardamone (The Icarus Line). Crafted 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.
Produced by Joe Cardamone of LA post-hardcore band The Icarus Line, 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. 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.
“edgy pop” – The New Yorker
“If Kurt Cobain and PJ Harvey had a daughter she might write fuzzy quaalude-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