What have you been doing since the August gigs?
The usual - TV, hoovering, holiday in Tenby, recording
What were your feelings about the three gigs?
They were special - the new songs went well. Ireland was totally mental - pissing with rain but beautiful
How much of the new album have you got done (I'm sorry, I have to ask)?
The new songs sounded brilliant - what was it like playing them live for the first time?
It's not something we usually do - but it was enjoyable - nerve racking but cool. The new songs are breathtaking.
What have been your highlights of this year (so far)?
Glamorgan winning the county championship - Joe Calzaghe - British Lions
Is it strange having your picture on the front cover of Melody Maker and NME or has it happened so many times that you've got used to it?
It's strange being out with my mum + dad and they see it in WH Smiths
What are your hopes for the future?
I don't think about it
What is your all time fave book and why?
Animal Farm - George Orwell. It's so simple - so intellectual - so true
What is your all time fave Manics lyric and why?
I hope it's still to come