We caught up via email with Annie Hardy, lead singer of Giant Drag, to discuss their recent appearance at South By South West and bootleg-making mothers. We got more than we bargained for!

Funky Mofo: First things first, can you introduce yourself/the band?

Giant Drag: I am Annie Hardy (guitar and vocals) and I am one half of the band Giant Drag. The other half, Micah Calabrese (drums and synths) is laying on the floor about 3 feet away from me. We just had a totally whack band practice and now we are laying down being stressed out because we have lots of things we should be doing but our stress has rendered us motionless.

FM: You’ve just played SXSW. What was it like to be part of such an event?

GD:It was pretty fun and also overwhelming. It’s cool to be in another state and have a bunch of your friends be there as well. Most of the SXSW shows are on one long street in Austin and you walk around and there’s music coming out of every doorway and people everywhere. Unfortunately the majority of the music from said doorways is pretty crappy and any shows you want to see are probably hard to get into because the whole thing is basically for industry “people”. By the last day you’re all sore from walking so much and you hate music. at least I do.

FM: Giant Drag seems constantly on the road, you’ve shared many stages with many talented artists. What importance do you give to the live experience?

GD:We are not constantly on the road actually, we don’t play that many shows either. When we do have a show we hardly practice. I guess that answers that “importance question”. Playing live is a good though. Practising helps better ones self as a musician but I think a live show does it way more.

FM: You’ve been received well in Europe. How does it feel? When can European audiences expect a Giant Drag release/to see you live?

GD: It feels pretty awesome, music is different in Europe than it is in America. It seems much more present and important in people’s lives and in society, not just for people who are musicians or big music fans like here. The music industry in the US looks to the UK to see what the next cool bands will be, half the time the bands are from the US, that’s retarded. US bands tend to be much more successful in Europe than at home because of the fucked way our radio and MTV is structured. They’ve played our video on MTV2 in the UK and that would never happen out here.
We are just finishing up our record but I’m not sure when it will be released out there. Maybe September?
Not sure when we’ll tour there again, maybe the summer? No one tells me anything.

FM: Annie, we’ve read your mother is making bootleg copies of Lemona. That’s naughty! Is she still enjoying freedom? Was she trying to make a quick buck on your ass?

GD:My mom is a big supporter of Giant Drag and is always pushing it on her friends and relatives. I hate it when bands force themselves on you, it makes me not want to listen to them because I know if they’re trying so hard they probably suck. I guess my mom doing it is ok but I wish she wouldn’t, she’s just proud or whatever I suppose.

FM: If you could work with any artist/s (past or present) who would they be and why?

GD:Oh man, after I answered the last question me and Micah just got so stoned and I just made ribs, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese and garlic bread and now this interview seems really hard. Me and Micah can’t think of an answer to this question. I can hardly keep my eyes open. I’m so full, those ribs were so good.

FM: Last but by no means least, what are your plans for the near future?

GD: Watching a little TV and eventually eating these reallly good cookies we just got at the store.

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