The mild mannered lead singer gets On The Couch in another installment of our nme.com series and reveals his deepest secrets...
What song describes you best?
“Probably a piece by Chopin. It’s like me because it shouldn’t work but it does.”
What is heaven?
“As Belinda Carlisle said, it’s a place on earth. I don’t believe in the idea of heaven as something you get at the end of life if you do something nice.”
What is hell?
“Look around you. It’s the world we live in.”
What’s your earliest memory?
“Being rushed to hospital when I was about six months old with whooping cough.”
What’s your greatest fear?
“Running out of time generally.”
Who is your all-time hero?
“My mum. She’s just the best person I know.”
What’s the worst trouble you’ve been in?
“When I was about 17, me and my mate, Johnny, snogged these girls who were from another part of town, so we thought it was cool. Then one day there was this inter-school thing and my girlfriend’s friends all found out about it. I’ve never done it again and I never will!”
Who was the first love of your life?
“This band. Above my girlfriend, my mum, everything.”
What’s your greatest talent?
“Doing this (impersonates a one-man band using only his mouth). It’s all done with the mouth. Someone showed me how to do it and no one else at the table could do it while I just took to it like a duck to water.”
Upon whom would you most like to exact revenge?
“On Dougie for always beating me at everything. He hates being beaten as much as me but I never beat him at anything except for darts. I can whip his arse at darts and I love it.”
What can you cook?
“Fried eggs. That’s about it. But us British people don’t know the half of what you can do with fried eggs.”
What’s your most treasured possession?
“My books and the things I write in. Memories. Cause I have to write them all down or I forget them.”
Can you read music?
What have you most regretted doing while drunk?
“Pissing on my ex-girlfriend’s brother’s computer. But I was fast asleep! That will be remembered for a long time to come by many people.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
“Trust your instinct. I was told that by the father of the two guys who are not in the band any more.”
If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
“I feel invisible anyway! Everyone’s invisible. It’s just relative.”
What are your three final wishes?
“To take all the money away from everywhere and everything and see what would happen. I’d get rid of all the ego and have everyone stop thinking about themselves and start acting reasonably and I’d like to be able to fly.”