Yeah we're having a go all the time. I'm being more proactive at the moment by making videos and stuff by myself and not relying on industry to give me a hand, so back to the guerrilla tactics.
So Hitting the Wall where did the idea come from for that?
Frustration not feeling like...
Is this what we were talking about before a wall of press or ...
More the difficulty for me of making a second album. I found that really, really hard and I wasn't very inspired for great periods of time. Just that sort of feeling, and it's not just about me and my creative stuff, but when your stuck in life and you don't know, you don't feel like you're going anywhere, be that in a relationship or at work or having fun anymore or whatever else it is... yeah frustration not being able to move on.
Why did you choose to get fired out of a cannon?
It's something I've always wanted to do ya know. It's something you used to see a lot at fairgrounds and like Evil Kneivel would do it and things like that. Rather than doing a bungee jump I don't really want to be fired out of an aeroplane, a cannon's where it's at. Back to the original sperm shooting forward that's me. (laughter)
Very Freudian yes. There's a Donnie Darkoesque skeleton costume in the video, are you a fan?
Donnie Darko? Yeah erm great film and the idea about having the skeletons in the pop video was, it's like the people dressed in black move props around the stage at the theatre and they wear black and you can't see them. So I thought I'd have these people that you couldn't really see but then erm they'd be skeletons ... why not ... sort of representing people in general.
Okay er Carrier Bag. I really like that one by the way I can really relate to Carrier Bag because I'm forever turning up places with the wrong clothes - you know what I mean?
You thought it was going to be cold. Exactly. And it wasn't quite cold enough so you have to take your jacket off and have to carry that about, and you just get annoyed with it all the time. That's it. Handy to sit on but annoying none the less.
Yeah definitely. Do you collect carrier bags?
I collect 'em in a little a bag under the sink but we've got given a stitched together like shopping bag so when I go to the corner shop I take that.
Oh right so are you quite green, Eco-friendly?
Just sort of token green when I can be, because when I think about it too deeply it's too upsetting.
Do you care about world events?
Yes and no ... I think they are completely out of my control so I shouldn't care about them that much I think that human nature is being pretty nasty, so not all together unexpected that people should be cruel and greedy.
I see. There's been some talk or some have said that you've tried to go a bit political with this album?
I think in a way the stuff I do is a little bit political but it is token gestures ya know I've got no great political visions or social ideas, I just want people to be nice to each other generally.
A few random questions now. Favourite city? You could say your home town which is Bristol isn't it.
Yeah I live in Bristol. Favourite city from touring has been Manchester and Glasgow just for the kind of scene that's going on. People being quite inspiring, everyone seems to be in a band, doing some sort of fun stuff. Yeah there's a good vibe going on.
Do you get lonely by the way, because you're a solo artist aren't you, do you get lonely?
Are the toys your friends?...Oh yeah you've ditched the toys...
The toys aren't my friends they are my like working tools and it can be terribly lonely yeah so I always try and take somebody with me. Like now I'm supporting Dan and Pip and I'm travelling with them and I get on with them really well so that's really nice and really easy. Cool. I got a little gang at the moment. It's good to be in a gang.
Your favourite food?
Errr banana custard. Good choice. Marmite on toast. Bad choice.
Errr Thai food. Thai food, okay my reaction to Thai food...I don't get the green curry stuff.
Curry is like brown or red, dark black or something, but green? Yeah but tastes nice though.
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