New Jersey/Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Hey Anna is fronted by three sisters, Erin Rauch-Sasseen, Anna Rauch-Sasseen and Katie Rauch-Sasseen who have been making music together since infancy. The sisters are joined by Matthew Langner on drums and Jamie DiTringo on lead guitar.
Hey Anna makes music that is influenced by the urban landscape and the ocean. They try to greet the cacophony of the metropolis with the warmth of a summer day by the sea.
The past few years have seen two independently released EPs: the eponymous Hey Anna EP (2012) and Pompette (2013). In late 2013, they released both EPs as a single album, Dance Until Three, via ThisTime Records in Japan. They’ve been a staple of the NYC circuit for years, with performances at Northside Festival, Rooftop Films, NYC Marathon, Break Thru Radio, and CMJ. You can hear their music playing in major retail stores through the US…and the world. Their song “Tim McQue” appears in the upcoming indie film Jane Wants A Boyfriend, starring Eliza Dushku and Louisa Krause.
In addition to playing non-stop in and around the NYC music scene and nearby colleges, Hey Anna has found a following internationally and was invited to Tokyo for several showcases in November 2014. Hey Anna released their debut album Run Koko in July 2015. The album streamed exclusively on SPIN, who noted that the band is “a family affair that specializes in ethereal harmonies reminiscent of ’00s indie-pop greats Feist, Chairlift, and School of Seven Bells.” NYLON described Hey Anna as “the sunny, feel-good band we’ve been waiting all winter to find.”
In response to their single “Don’t Talk Stop,” Consequence of Sound wrote “the track highlights Hey Anna’s tasteful blending of heavy guitars with whimsical vocal melodies. The three sisters complement one another effortlessly, singing around the lead line with harmonies and swirling call-and-responses.” Tracks from Run Koko have been getting radio play from Santa Cruz to North Carolina, Australia to the UK.
“With clear-as-a-bell vocals, swirling, catchy choruses, and the kind of flawless harmonies that come from having sisters on vocals (three sisters, to be exact), Hey Anna is the sunny, feel-good band we’ve been waiting all winter to find.” – NYLON
“Their latest single, the self-aware “Don’t Talk Stop”, comments on the way in which society makes us view nostalgia…The track highlights Hey Anna’s tasteful blending of heavy guitars with whimsical vocal melodies. The three sisters complement one another effortlessly, singing around the lead line with harmonies and swirling call-and-responses. The chugging guitars feel like the relentless push and pull of the ocean, as well as the tug-of-war between past/present and dream/reality/”
– Consequence of Sound
“The moods of the closing song from Hey Anna’s summer released album Run Koko are complimented by the various visual settings where items of everyday utility are hoisted up to a shared level of fascination and intrigue like mythic natural phenomenons of splendor. The notions of melancholy and the song’s own atmospheric push toward staggering heights emphasizes the inherent beauty in surroundings that often getting taken for granted. With the progression of “Mt. Picchu” pointed toward celestial spaces and worlds, Hey Anna emphasizes a notion of discovering (and/or rediscovering) a nirvana that always existed around us along if observed through the proper channels of perspective.”
3. By The Bay
4. Move Your Body
5. Don’t Talk Stop
6. White Fang
8. Tangerine Lightning
10. If You’re Wondering
11. Little Things
12. Paper Door
13. Mt. Picchu