Your new album is called Monsters Exist – but who are the monsters?
Everyone’s got their own version of who the monsters are but my personal monsters are all human ones. At the moment they’re all politicians; Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, anyone in the British government who is aiming for Brexit. They’re complete idiots and don’t know what they’re doing, passing the buck by saying it’s the will of the people.
Does the political atmosphere now feel similar to when you first started making music?
I didn’t like Margaret Thatcher but I do think she had the courage of her convictions and she believed wholeheartedly and vocationally in what should be done. She wasn’t so much a career politician, but someone who genuinely believed what she was doing had to be done. I’m not putting her on a pedestal but it feels different now. It feels like everyone is afraid and scared to say what really needs said.
Do you think making music is an opportunity to say things that aren’t being said?
Maybe a little bit. But I don’t think music has ever really changed anything has it? I’m a musician, I write music because I love it but at the same time art does inspire, I hope it would inspire a change in culture along the way.