How did you guys meet?

It was a two groups come together sorta thing. Me and Alex went Wreake Valley together (bit of a dive) and Chris and Jared studied music at Leicester college. Somehow we came together and started practising at Stay Free, the good old days haha. And it’s just gone from there, we’re like best pals now.

What’s the story behind the name? 

Anoa came from a Leicester colloquialism, we pride us selves from being round here. We could be talking about an ex, our current girlfriend, some bird that’d chucked a pint over us and one of us would always go oh yeah I know her! You imagine that in a thick Leicester accent and that’s how the name came about haha. Me and Alex actually got it drunkenly tattooed on us in Magaluf, €20 absolute bargain!

What’s the plan for 2018?

We want 2018 to be the year we establish our name. We’re aiming to land festival slots, pack out headlines, support our biggest influences like Cabbage, The Blinders, Shame etc. We’ve just teamed up with This Feeling so we’re hoping to work closely with them and take off, we’ve got the confidence now we’ve gotta back it up.

How much do you think being from Leicester has influenced you as a band? Has it affected your sound?

Being from Leicester has 100% influenced our sound, attitude and overall character. Like we say we pride us selves being from here. Our single When in King’s Norton is based on everything we don’t want Leicester to be, and what we feel like it’s becoming. Right from the off we’ve said we want that Leicester roar smashing through our sound, just pure honesty and balls. That’s what Leicester stands for to us.

How do you feel about the city’s music scene?

It’s on the up and has been for a while now. We’ve never known it to be so competitive. There’s some great bands coming through and the diversity is nuts, Nik’s done a great job making The Cookie such a prestigious venue, we’ve watched and supported some great bands there. Handmade Festival is doing huge amounts for the city too, we played it last year and it was completely alien to us, proper batting with the big boys haha. The line up this year is as good as it gets so we recommend grabbing a ticket !

What are you most proud of doing so far? 

That’s a tough one for us and I reckon we all have different highs.

Alex: Our 5th gig we played at The Soundhouse for independent venue week. Must’ve been between 120-150 people, it was absolutely packed front door to back. I haven’t had a feeling like it since.

Mitch: For me it’s opening up for Spring King at The Cookie, they’re one of my favourite bands I’ve seen them all over the place. We played that gig and then flew to magaluf the same night haha, one to tell the grandkids !

CJ: Getting on Handmade Festival last year. The whole day / weekend was unreal, it was overwhelming having random people come at to me at the bars and in the toilets saying they enjoyed our set, mad for me that was.

Jared: Releasing our debut music video was pretty cool. It received a mega response as well which we were dead grateful for, I think we all still watch it once a day at least now haha.

What are you most looking forward to as a band? 

I think we can all agree our first gig with This Feeling is massive for all of us. The Scholar bar’s a quality venue and we’re sharing the stage with some tasty bands. We’re ready to step it up another gear.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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