Annie Hardy is hailing from San Diego, California and has been the leading member of Giant Drag. Now, she uses her own name to release der “debut” album Rules.

In 2015 Annie Hardy lost her new born baby to Sudden Death Infant Syndrome (SIDS), some months later her partner Robert Paulson, father of her child, died of a drug overdose. A lot of that pain is in the songs of her album Rules.

The playfulness of Giant Drags records have changed to reflections on grief. Her return to music which she had given up in order to become a mom, is therapy for her.

“I’ve ruined my life trying to make everyone happy,” she says. “I’ve been going through hard times for so long, I’ve stopped regarding them as that,” she said to L.A.Weekly and also: “Writing these songs saved my life.”

The result is not joyful, but often when artists go through hard times, they produce some of their finest work. Though, in Annies case, I would have preferred to never heard this great album.


Pitchfork rating: 7.3