What do you do?
I’m the multi-instrumentalist in Cabbage. I play guitar and I play a bit of organ as well. I share lead vocals with Joe in the band, so when he’s singing I have to go and find something else to do.
Describe your style in three words
Depleted, ripped, smelly.
How should your music be listened to?
Live or vinyl, preferably with a pair of headphones if it’s vinyl. I always think about the image of a kid getting his first Bowie album, listening to it on vinyl, having a smoke and sinking into their bed. It’s how I’d like to think of people to listening to our music.
What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
My girlfriend is probably the main one. And the hills. We’re from a place called Mossley. We are country boys. When you’re from Mossley you’re very driven from that area. Having hills in every direction you look is something I miss seeing.
Which British music icons inspire your sound today?
Mark E Smith has always been a big inspiration. We’ve always set out the target that we’d like to put out an album a year. The sheer force of material for The Fall is huge. A lot of people like to describe The Fall as a company with Mark E Smith as the CEO. He’s promoted his company throughout his life and no-one’s spared. To me, saying they’ve had more members than albums (and they’ve had 40-odd albums) is brilliant.
Manchester’s always been rich in poetry, and we’ve obviously got Dr John Cooper Clarke, and there’s another poet called Mike Garry. They are both big icons and inspirations of mine.