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GIANT DRAG
HEARTS AND UNICORNS
KICKBALL

Giant Drag are the LA-based duo Annie Hardy (guitar) and Micah Calabrese (drums and synth). On this debut full-length, their minimalist sound is fleshed out with enough bass to rock harder than youíd expect. Hardy has a penchant for playful song titles like "Youíre Full of Shit (Check Out My Sweet Riffs)" and "High Friends in Places," a bright little girl drawl, and a Cobain-like flair for cloaking three-minute pop songs in shreds of overdriven guitar. "Blunt Picket Fence," with its slow pacing and muted trumpets, offers a moody respite and brings to mind a Mazzy Star b-side as Hardy confesses "Iíll kiss your fist for him." In fact, itís easy to play pick the mid-í90s rock-grrrl influences with Giant Drag; in a song like "YFLMD," they fuse fuzzy Breeders pop and angular Helium riffery. Hardyís looking for rock in all the right places.

Giant Drag + Stellastarr* | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | Oct 8 | 617.228.6000

BY ELISABETH DONNELLY


Issue Date: October 7 - 13, 2005
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