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HEY ANNA

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Week In Pop"

After our recent debut of Mount Sharp’s “Icaraus” video, we had the opportunity to catch up with fellow New York indie pop friends, Hey Anna, who premiere their new single with us titled, “By The Bay”. A few years ago we reported on their single, “Blackout“. Since then, the sister act of Anna, Erin, and Katie Rauch-Sasseen, along with Andrew Smolin, and Matthew Langner have released a self-titled and the praised Pompette EP, bringing us news of an upcoming Hey Anna LP. As the band of siblings and best of friends solidifies a sound that swings off the reflected beams of the moon, the newer recordings point to experiments in lyrical play, subliminal narrative motifs, and found samples of schoolyard games.

On the world premiere of Hey Anna’s new single, “By The Bay”, Caribbean calypso progressions are met with stories, and histories that are more than just an ordinary ‘tic-tac-toe handclap game.’ In the following interview with the Rauch-Sasseen sisters and the band, we learned about Erin’s experiences during a trip to Cuba, and how the influence of hearing tales of hope and disillusionment inspired a modern nursery rhyme. With a lyrical set of metaphors, parables, abstract innuendos, and elaborate euphemisms, the story of the Cuban Revolution is be told in a charming tale of cross-cultural connections, and relations. Samples of British cherubs hopscotching their way through creative youthful sports and challenges are decorated by the quick rhythm catches that carry the sisters’ voices along with a carousel of sound that could paint a smile on the face of a sad and forlorn tear drop. Like the chord changes and movements that are unique to “By The Bay”, the single illustrates Hey Anna’s ability to combine intricate elements of the foreign and forgotten memories of the past with imaginative song constructions and quick quips delivered in the vein of Mother Goose and The Brothers Grimm. In case you have been living under a rock for the past three years or so, Hey Anna and friends remain a treasure to the local NYC indie circuit. Check out our exclusive interview with the band, after this debut. - Impose


"Maria’s Local Radar: Hey Anna"

Music is the local language, the element that brings people from all different communities and surrounding areas together for one common love. I wouldn’t consider going to concerts a hobby, for it’s my passion, my work, my lifestyle, my career, and the basis of which all of these articles are founded on. Discovering new bands and talents puts a permanent smile on my face that no one could remove. When you find a new act that you like, what’s the first thing you do? Naturally, you call up or text a friend letting them know about this band you saw, and how they just have to go see them live. When someone tends to agree, and becomes a fan like you, it’s even better. It’s called networking; word of mouth is still one of the most powerful tools in this industry, along with, of course, promotions and publicity. This column serves as a platform for me to put my thoughts and recommendations on for you to check out some tunes that I truly feel you are into.

This week, I am going to write about a band that has been on my radar for the past few weeks, as I am seeing their name pop up more and more. Before they become the next big thing, I figured I’d tried to jump on the movement and get them a little extra publicity. I am talking about a pop/alternative group called Hey Anna. If you have heard of them, let’s converse, and if not, I hope you become infatuated by the end of this article.

Hey Anna consists of Erin, Anna, Andrew, Katie and Matthew, and they are from all over parts of Brooklyn and New Jersey (let’s just say East Coast). I recently discovered who they were when I saw a show post from some friends in mine in Prehistoric Forest, whom I have featured in this column before (check them out, shameless plugs allowed). They’ve been working hard on recording some new material that is due out this month, so keep your ears and eyes peeled.

I first fell in love with their track “Dance Until Three”; take a listen and you will see why. It’s an insanely addictive tune that makes you want to put your hair down, open the windows, and dance until, well, three! There is no pun intended here, it’s really a party jam. I really can’t wait to hear what their new EP sounds like, for I feel as if it’s going to take us all on a complete whirlwind. Do you ever hear a band and after one song you immediately know you are going to be a fan? That’s how this is here. I don’t know much about them, and I barely have any of their tunes in my arsenal, but it’s an immediate love affair here, and I cannot seem to get enough.

One of the many things that made me really investigate this band was their social media. They have very cool, summer vibe show flyers, making me just want to drop everything I am doing and go to the beach (don’t worry, I will finish the article first). They are also very interactive with a lot of local bands, which I cannot stress enough—and I always say it—is so important to make it in the scene out here. Hey Anna play a ton of shows, so you have a lot of chances to catch them, and they are very interactive with their fans. Posting and keeping people updated is so important, since it’s all of the band networking you do that is going to get you somewhere one day.

I truly believe that Hey Anna are making music for the sake of the love of music. They put off a vibe that is carefree and peaceful, while showcasing their talents at the highest level. After all, if you love something, it will make you that much better at it, since you will put your heart and soul into each project you take on. They also are very well respected by the local community, because I can’t even count how many times I have seen their name pop up on other bands’ pages. It’s acts like Hey Anna that lead me to believe the scene still has a strong bond; people are still supporting one another and realizing that the more they do together, the more they will get done.

I have every intention of seeing this band live, for they play with a lot of groups I am already fans of, and I have a feeling they put on a killer set. If you want to learn more about them, head on over to their Facebook page at facebook.com/heyannamusic. If you want to interact with Hey Anna, you can definitely chat it up with them there and request that they come to a town near you. If you check out their photos, you will always find them smiling, making us all believe they love what they do and they do what they love.

I will be back next week with another local act that is on my radar, and please continue to send me your recommendations; after all, word of mouth is still the best way to get to me! I’ve been amazed at how many new bands are surfacing in this area, so drop this article (when you’re done, of course), and maybe pick up an instrument so you could be the next one in my Local Radar! See you next week. - The Aquarian


"FEMININDIE: HEY ANNA"

I have a confession to make. I LOVE Hey Anna!!! There I said it and I feel much better now. I’ve kept it inside for too long. Sit down, plug the headphones in and join me. With three voices that blend seamlessly, lyrics that take you on a journey, and a sensible pop ideology that strays away from today’s noise, this is a band that creates feelings like every day is the Friday afternoon of a long weekend.

The sisters Rauch-Sasseen (Anna, Katie & Erin) have that familiarity that only siblings can have, and it creates a sense of comfort when you hear them harmonize. The new listener will have no clue which of the sisters is singing lead and won’t care. It’s all spot on and beautiful.

The two remaining members, Matthew Langner (drums) and Andrew Smolin (lead guitar) fit on perfectly and complete the puzzle. Langner is present throughout, but never over-powering. Smolin plays in and out of the vocals smoothly creating a textured layer to the velvet the ladies provide.

Having listened to the 2012 EP Light and 2013 release Pompette numerous times now, it is hard to find a weak link on either. “Blackout” is the stand out on the former, and “Dance Until Three” will truly get you on your feet from the recent release.

I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to ask the band a few questions about being “huge in Japan” and who would win in a sister Battle Royale. Take a look below… - Wordkrapht


"Weekly Round Up"

-Hey Anna is a five-piece band that includes three-sisters who swap lead vocal duties and instruments, plus two other guys. Well-balanced, right? That carries into the music as well. When you listen to a song like "Blackout," you get something that rocks and has a strong pop sensibility and also feels folky. It's not loud but it's not soft. It is probably a faster tempo, but it doesn't feel like it speeds by too quickly. Maybe I'm taking the balance thing too far, but it's just all-around great. Their self-titled EP is definitely worth picking up. - Those Who Dig


"Week in Pop"

Meet New York trio Hey Anna who bring us their single "Blackout" from their self-titled EP released earlier this summer. Comprised by the Rauch-Sasseen sisters Anna and Erin commanding keys and guitar, Katie on bass with guitar from Andrew Smolin and drums from Matthew Langner. The result is a slice of DIY soft angular guitar strums that should inspire friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters alike to pick up instruments and start their own pop group. We will be watching for more from Hey Anna in 2013. - Impose Magazine


"NYC indie pop band on the rise: Hey Anna"

If you enjoy what we call "rootsy pop," Hey Anna is the breath of fresh air you've been waiting all year to hear. Their new EP's five tracks keep the material humming along on boardwalks and ice cream stands and long afternoons, for your private, immaginary summer-during-the-winter-months. Exchanging vocals for the journey, the group's three singers (Anna, Katie and Erin Rauch-Sasseen) complement each other with an unabashed joy for all things fun: tracks like 'Love, Love Baby,' 'Tiny Kiss,' and 'Once Again' could have been arranged for The Jackson 5 had the band been around for your parents' generation. This is some fun stuff. So hop in the car, and take that sightseeing road trip you've been putting off. The soundtrack has finally arrived. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

We added "Blackout" (streaming below) to The Deli's playlist of Best new NYC songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out! - The Deli Magazine


"RADAR: Hey Anna"

The revelatory moment for us and Hey Anna came at the 2 minute and 10 second mark "Light", one of five songs on their eponymous debut EP released this fall. What had begun as a slightly ramshackle bit of delicately harmonized and acoustic chamber pop suddenly commenced to build, slowly and steadily, guitars and drums edging ever skyward to one of the more dramatic and celestially sonic eruptions of recent memory. Led by three sisters -- Anna, Erin and Katie Rauch-Sasseen -- the New York-based band magnify their arty folk/pop into something grand but grounded and framed with a modest, unpretentious approach. "Light" and the deft, melodic "Blackout" feature the sisters trading off instruments and matter-of-fact vocals without a hint of sibling rivalry or overworked angst. Stream and buy the Hey Anna EP here. - Direct Current


"Hey Anna at Union Hall"

"Erin’s lullaby whispers were reminiscent of Feist and the vocal experimentation of all three girls was akin to Regina Spektor. The crowd was sparse, but it was to the band’s benefit as this allowed for an intimate setting to engage in the music and bounce along to the catchy melodies. The sisters switched off on lead vocals, with the remaining two providing back up vocals and flawless harmonies...The banter between songs was fun and easy and the band quickly won over the audience." - Relix


Discography

Hey Anna EP (2012)
Pompette EP (2013)
Dance Until Three (Japan Limited Edition - ThisTime Records) (2013)

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Bio

Hey Anna is an indie-pop five-piece made up of sisters

Erin, Anna and Katie Rauch-Sasseen, with Matthew

Langner on drums and Jamie DiTringo on lead guitar.

As a band, they seamlessly mingle the warmth of a

seaside summer with the cacophonous urban

landscape of NYC.

With the July 2015 release of their debut album, Run

Koko, Hey Anna have been played across international

airwaves. They have been a staple of the NYC music

scene for years, with performances at the Northside

Festival, Rooftop Films, the NYC Marathon, Break Thru

Radio, and CMJ. Their songs play in major retail stores

and have been featured on MTV and in indie films Jane

Wants A Boyfriend and That's Not Us.

Band Members