A bright-eyed Micah Calabrese and a weary looking Annie
Hardy both better known as the American band 'Giant Drag' and myself are led to
the larger room of the Northampton Soundhaus.
Apparently Annie has woken
from a short deep sleep, feeling somewhat guilty I suggest that she may like to
have another go on the couch nearby while I talk with Micah. She reminds me that
if it wasn't for the scheduled interview the support band, whose sound begins
to emanate through the walls, would have woke her.
I admit to the pair
my surprise in finding lots of interviews with them on the internet, many seem
to have repeated content but the fact of the matter is there is a lot. Most it
seems were undertaken in America last September when they were promoting their
debut album 'Hearts and Unicorns'. From my backpack I unearth a huge mound of
paper containing the interviews copied and pasted from the Internet, all in the
name of 'research'. It's enough to make an environmentalist cry. I promise to
recycle it. Talking of recycling, do they recycle their music, using cast offs
from their other songs?
"I do that personally," says Micah
with a smile. "But not much in the band."
Micah Calabrese is
Annie's self declared 'perfect music partner'. A feeling that developed over time
and not from the immediate discovery that he could play the drums and a synthesizer
simultaneously nor that he could play in comparison to those that Annie attempted
to form a band with.
Once the band was formed and the time was right,
roughly two years in fact, the duo set about recording the album, but were they
prepared? Did they have all their songs ready when they went in?
had a bunch and we just recorded every song we had and picked the best ones,"
declares Micah. >>