Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!

This week:ANIMAL NOISE are a 3 piece indie dance band (with a balearic twist) from Colchester, Essex.

We were very lucky to bump into them recently when the band made a rare live appearance back in Colchester at an ‘invite only’ event at the wonderful creative hub that is 15 Queen Street.

They delivered an absolutely mesmerizing set of energetic indie flamenco-fuelled dance pop music that had the audience spellbound.

As a live act they demonstrated a wonderful ability (musically speaking) to grab you by the scruff of the neck and pull you through a hedge arse backwards and then have you thank them for the pleasure. What a massive sound they deliver!

Animal Noise
Photo by Jason Cobb  (c) 2012

Now bearing in mind that when we saw them they were playing with 2 tiny amps for the guitar & bass and a wooden hand box for drums and absolutely no mics for vocals it was a monumental achievement to get their sound over in such a devastating way.

The 3 members of Animal Noise fuse together really well as a unit with singer/guitarist Josh Sandifer’s left hand working like on its on double money,drummer Jack Gordon getting sounds out of that box of his that would make Steve Gadd proud and bassist Michael Bird sneaking in some cheeky lines that thump, groove & delight in equal measures. Oh and they shout – A LOT!!!

We managed to pin the boys down long enough to answer a few questions for our new FOTN feature – Prick & Ding: the 2 ½ minute interview…

1.  What are you up to at the moment?
Planning Summer gigs/ eating humous

2.  Favourite childhood memory?
Street Fighter 2

3.  Hero?
Doc Emmet Brown

4.  Villain?

5.  What/who makes you laugh?
Our collective idiocy

6.  Describe what you do?
We make bruised, battered n beaten acoustic dance music.

7.  Whose hair would you like to have for just one day?
A Lion’s maine

8.  Best musical experience to date
Playing in Germany to lots of Germans

9.  What artist inspires you?
Connan Mockasin

10What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
A good slogan for a fish restaurant billboard

Animal Noise’s debut album ‘Run Loose’ is out now on Noise Rekords. You can find out more about them on Facebook & Soundcloud or via their Website.

Expect to see this band at various festivals throughout Summer 2012 and beyond – they are worth spending some time with.

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...


  1. Pawpaw

    Your comments are great,but I am one of the converted and have listened to them for years. They are brilliant!

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