ANNIE HARDY, the lead singer of American rock band Giant Drag, has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic muscle disorder.
The rocker first discovered symptoms while on tour with the band, and the condition means Hardy, 27, is in constant pain and fatigue.
She says, "Basically, I'm in dull to gnarly pain all the time, and I'm supposed to be doing physical therapy three times a week but can't afford it. But it's not terminal cancer, so I try not to bitch about it too much".
Hardy is refusing to lie down and give up, and is continuing her bid to raise money for a new EP, a campaign she launched when the band were dropped by their record label earlier in 2008.
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American rockers Giant Drag are asking fans to help pay for the recording of their sophomore album.
The Los Angeles-based band has launched the fundraising initiative after record label Interscope dropped the group following the release of 2006 debut album Hearts And Unicorns.
In a post on the band's MySpace.com page, frontwoman Annie Hardy writes: "Some people have recommended I put up a Paypal donation button to help speed this process up...
"So finally today, with the help of my new intern Audrey, the donation button has arrived. So if you feel like giving up a buck or a million of them I'd be very grateful!
"Even if it's just because you are riddled with guilt from illegally downloading the first album and you feel the need to repent, any reason will do and every penny counts."
Cult rockers Giant Drag are in disarray after drummer and keyboard player MICAH CALABRESE quit the band.
Calabrese left after the US group played its last concert on 9 November (06) in Paris, France.
However, frontwoman ANNIE HARDY has vowed to continue recording and performing under the band's name - and reveals Calabrese has been working as a freelance computer programmer since he left.
She says, "Micah quit the band about a week after we came back from France.
"Micah never wanted to be in a band in the first place. He likes playing music and he likes recording but he never wanted to do this as a career.
"He had a real job before and he was making money. He had a house and everything.
"But when he joined the band full time it was like he didn't have a house anymore, he doesn't have a nice car anymore.
"I'd imagine that if you weren't passionate about doing this then it makes dealing with the other bullshit that comes along with it, like touring and f**king being in the music industry and not making any money hard to put up with. Not to mention being in a band with me, which is struggle enough!"
Cult rockers Giant Drag have hit out at their record label for adding their cover of Chris Isaak's WICKED GAME to the US repackaging of their debut album. The band's ANNIE HARDY is upset executives at independent label Kickball have decided to add their version of the 1991 hit, which featured in the film Wild at Heart, to HEART AND UNICORNS. But she accepts the move may bring the band a bigger fan base. Hardy says, "Obviously the cover wasn't on the original version of the album. Because we didn't f**king want it there. "I guess either they're buttering my balls, or it's the truth. It's hard to get female-fronted bands on bigger radio stations. "So this could be a foot in the door, or it could be the kiss of death and we'll be the next Alien Ant Farm. Wait and see."