The record that changed my life was ‘Animal Nitrate’ by Suede. It was bought for me by my friend Neil. Up until then I was rocking a lot of Crowded House, George Michael and soft rock. I’d heard ‘Animal Nitrate’ on the radio, but just having the physical record was like, ‘Wow!’


The song sounded like nothing I’d ever heard. That whole androgynous, glammy guitar thing was new to me. It was a weird, otherworldly thing. The song is about domestic violence in a council house, which is the kind of thing I write songs about now: trying to find something worth documenting from other people’s lives and alloying it to an amazing melodic racket.

This article originally appeared in the April 21st issue of NME

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