What current artists/bands are you into?
My favourites right now are a band called Average Sex, they are playing a few dates with The Charlatans on our up and coming tour. Keel Her are a great band – NPVR (Peter Rehberg and Nik Void) have a fantastic album out soon, I’ve heard a sneak preview. Solange is playing on my iPod at this moment. I’d recommend all of them to everyone.
How do you feel the internet is affecting music today?
Good and bad – like anything but I’m a positive kind so let’s talk about the positive stuff. It’s how I know about Puss Puss Magazine so that’s a good thing. I can write a song in the morning, record it in the afternoon and share it in the evening, all thanks to the worldwide web – other people can too so we call get to hear things much quicker and easier.
Your cat is called Gaia. Do you believe cats are of spiritual significance to man?
Yes, they think we are their servants and for some reason we are hypnotised by them into believing that too. There’s that old story that dogs see how much we love them and they worship us. Cats see how much we love them and assume that we worship them. There has to be some connection as not many animals would have the confidence to demand that their litter tray is in your kitchen. I respect them for that – Gaia does that thing of bringing gifts of small dead animals, got to admit I’m not so keen on that – plus I’m a vegetarian, I’d love him to just bring a radish or maybe some halloumi but just not sure how to put that across. He has a bigger bell on his collar now to scare the potential gifts away.
Did you have cats growing up?
Nope. My first cat, Tipton, was when I was 21 and I moved to London. There was a Dick Whittington feel to the whole thing.
If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?
My little boy loves dinosaurs so I’d head to back then for a selfie or two with those guys.
Who would you consider to be your most influential band? What bands were you listening to when you were a teenager?
Most influential is maybe not who we sound most like but most impact I’d say was Joy Division and The Cure. I spent all my teenage years listening to music so the list is long: The Clash, The Monochrome Set, Killing Joke, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Byrds, Orange Juice, Fad Gadget, Throbbing Gristle and loads more.