Brooklyn's Hey Anna delivers a unique brand of sincere, feel-good indie pop that's so freakin' catchy it should be made illegal...almost. From the moment I first hit the "play" button on 2012's Hey Anna EP, it was abundantly clear that not only was their music fun, but the band was having genuine fun playing together. That seems like such a weird thing to celebrate a band for, but while I won't name anyone in particular, that's not something that everyone does effectively. Perhaps it's not such an alien concept to Hey Anna, considering that three-fifths of the band are sisters. Anna (vocals, keyboards), Erin (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Katie Rauch-Sasseen (bass) are obviously family in the genetic sense of the word, but that familial bond extends to drummer Matthew Langner and guitarist Jamie DiTringo.
Hey Anna closed out 2016 with a leg of Fall tour dates, playing alongside UK band The Boxer Rebellion and are now enjoying some downtime. The quintet recently posted a video performing a brand-new song "Kinda Love" inside of VERY, a clothing store based in Jersey City, NJ. The video is the band's submission into NPR's "Tiny Desk Contest." The contest features videos of bands performing original music. As the name of the contest suggests, each video must feature a desk of any size. Each submission will be judged by a panel of music personnel including Canadian radio broadcaster Talia Schlanger and recording artists Miguel and Phish lead vocalist Trey Anastasio. The winner will perform a concert at NPR in Washington D.C., appear on the NPR program Ask Me Another and go on a tour of the U.S. sponsored by NPR and Lagunitas Brewing Company..