Basically, the reason I'm vegan is because when I was about 16 or 17 years old, I began to understand that we don't need to contribute to the killing and exploitation of animals to feed our bodies correctly.
Yes, I am old enough to grow a beard actually. So ner-ner-ner-ner
There are no big groupie fans or anything.
I'm always active in trying to educate people when it comes to eating animal products, testing on animals, and the health benefits of being vegan, although I'm probably not the best person to be talking about the latter at the moment.
I would stay in bed and get an extra 10 minutes sleep
I start sweating and shaking and having panic attacks if I am not at home.
I am very scared of being outside my home for long periods of time.
I'm lucky the arthritis happened at the time that it did because of the record.
There's an inherent thing in me where, if things are going too smooth, I'll sabotage the hell out of them just to make the music more of a sanctuary.
Trees have feelings too, and no one ever says 'hi' to them. Next time you're outside and see a tree, say 'hello'.
So I went and visited a doctor and he diagnosed me with reactive arthritis.
I made a conscious effort to make a record that would affect people in a good way rather than the last one, which affected people in a bad way.
Reactive arthritis is something I've been dealing with for nearly a year.
I wrote Neon Ballroom in that time where I hated music, really everything about it, I hated it.
None of us are really dumb and none of us are really smart. We're in the middle.
Touring doesn't kill me and I can handle it.
There was three or four years of my life where I hated myself and you know, would have quite happily ended it.
People don't understand sarcasm, like, they take everything too seriously. People need to lighten up and go ice skating.
I know if I don't tour people will forget the record and you run a high risk of the record failing.
I am doing everything humanly possible to try and get well, but lately things have just kept getting worse.
It makes it hard to get over a certain period of your life when you are constantly revisiting it every night.
There are a lot of wankers, and a lot of people who think they are really hardcore and cool but they're not.
Me and my dog are best friends.
When we first began and I was 14, my influences were the stuff that was in my parent's record collection like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
I have a theory because I was being beaten up a lot by people outside of school, it was almost like if I could make myself sick enough they'd take sympathy on me.
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