The latest album's epic opening track Gaza is up for the Anthem award. What was it like tackling a political subject like that?
It's alright sounding off about Gaza in the pub or at home but putting it on a CD and putting it out there in the world with your name on it, you've got to make damn sure that it's right and what you're saying is true and measured.
I knew I would upset people. We even included a note with the lyric on the album that this was not a song against Jewish people.
It's a song that blames the world, it doesn't blame Israel per se. It says whatever way you look at this situation, for these people to have to live like this isn't right.
I have had a lot of email from Jews living outside Israel giving me a really hard time about this song and I've replied to them as well. I've not had one email from within Israel, which is quite interesting.
I would argue that I've written that song as something measured and have done a lot of research and I've spoken to people living there right now.
I stand by it and I wouldn't withdraw one word that I've written in that song. more