Giant Drag
Hearts and Unicorns
Indie rock outfit Giant Drag is Annie Hardy and Micah Calabrese. Annie sings and plays guitar (and the odd bassline). Micah drums and plays synth (and the odd riff). As girl-boy duos go, they’re more serious than Morningwood, less self-important than the White Stripes and more accessibly clever than Mates of State. On Hearts and Unicorns, sparse lyrics deliver crushes (“Pretty Neighbour”: pretty little neighbour/love me like I love you/if you don’t believe it’s true/ask anyone/I do), hurt (“Slayer”: haven’t felt me feel real in a long time/why won’t you touch me?) and violent fantasies (“My Dick Sux”: oh I’m hot/bruised and stained with dirt/but you drown me till I’m blue). Hardy sings through the pain like a soulful Juliana Hatfield, if Hatfield smoked a pack a day. Her vocals are buried too far beneath crisp drums and distorted guitar, making for an initial detachment, but after a few spins Hearts and Unicorns will begin to stick. Originally an indie release, distribution through Universal has leeched some of the naughty fun: swears get asterisked out on the back cover, track title “YFLMD” has been changed from “You Fuck Like My Dad” and a sticker on the front touts the band’s cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” which is like turning on the death-watch clock. (Bought an Ataris record lately?)
—Tara Thorne
categories: Coast pick

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