Annika von Grey and Her Sisters Pen and Sing "a Global Experience"
With the way young teen stars are portrayed in the media today, it's easy to envision newbies as headed toward a downward spiral of drug overdoses, dramatic scandals, and mental breakdowns. Indie alternative band von Grey, however, is a pleasant exception.
Mary Caroline Mann
When interviewing 17-year-old singer-songwriter Annika von Grey of the band, we must admit that we were thoroughly impressed with her maturity and levelheaded M.O. It also doesn't hurt that these four sisters (aged 13 to 18, BTW) are extremely talented, have even performed on Conan O'Brien, and idolize bands like Mumfred and Sons and Fleetwood Mac. We sat with Annika to get the scoop on what it's like touring with family, von Grey's sound, and what she really thought of Conan.
New Times: TeamCoco.com called you guys "Mumford & Daughters." What do you think?
Annika von Grey: It's flattering, because the band is composed of talented musicians and composers. I think we get compared to them because we have a lot of acoustic instruments. We're glad to be compared to them. People say we're a combination of Fleetwood Mac, Jethrow Tull, and Little Dragon. It's cool to know the way people interpret us. It's interesting.
What was it like performing on Conan?
It was awesome! We were honored to be on the show... He was talented with so many fans. [The episode] was filmed in our hometown in Atlanta. The best part was being around people who worked with them. They were happy and passionate like us.
Did you guys get to meet him?
Yeah, we did! Not for a long time, because it was hectic, but it was nice, and I think Paul Rudd was on the show -- he was nice too. They treated us with kindness, which is nice because they get bands on the show who are more well-known than we are.
Was he cool?
He was cool, smart, and great.
How is Awakening different than your self titled EP?
The use of instruments is different. We keep the same roots like piano, cello, and guitar, but incorporate more synthetic sounds. The songwriting is different too -- we are older and we experience things for the first time and it's more self-reflective.