You've just released your new single 'Candy' - what's the song about?
"The song's about a scenario I've seen played out in my own life and with a few people I can relate to. The 'candy' is the buzz you get from someone who makes you want to be with them. When that candy starts to go away, it's about trying to reignite that spark. To be honest though, the song is meant to be open for people to figure out for themselves - I don't want to stifle the imagination."
Is the single reflective of your new album, Sunny Side Up?
"'Candy' is slower than some of the other songs on the album, but it's reflective in the sense that it's an honest and human album. The record is a collection of songs that me and the band thought were the best we had to offer. We're going to take it out on the road and then hopefully move on to the next set of songs pretty soon."
So you're not one to trek around promoting the album for ages?
"Well, the promotional side is an inevitable aspect of what I do, but you can easily end up on tour and on the road for two years, which is what happened with the first record. This time around I want to follow up with a new album a lot quicker."
How have the songs been going down live?
"It's going really well - every date seems to me to be completely different. People have been hearing the new material for the first time and they've reacted well considering we've played almost a whole set of new songs. It can be a gamble deciding whether people will have the patience to hear all the new stuff."
Do you have any strange demands when you hit the road?
"Nothing too crazy, but I think we're going to get a bit more frivolous with our rider requests this time round. We were very modest with our last requests. I like the idea of requesting three or four velcro suits and a room backstage that's wall-to-wall velcro, so we could jump and get stuck to the wall. Then whoever was being the biggest a**hole that day can be left stuck to the wall. I think the opportunities are endless."
What about taking the lead from Lady GaGa and going for some outrageous outfits?
"I'm neither here nor there about this Lady GaGa, but she's clearly very passionate about her poker face. I think I might go for a rather fetching outfit though - something nice and risqué. I'd definitely put her to shame with what I could come up with - perhaps a nice tartan number to please my fans in the homeland?"
The original Fame Academy winner, David Sneddon, is partly responsible for your success. How did that come about?
"He was late to do a show in Paisley town hall - where we're both from - and I won a competition to sing before he came on. I suppose his tardiness gave me the opportunity to do all this. I thanked him after the show, but haven't really since him around since. I think he's down in London now doing songwriting."
Are you glad you didn't come from a reality show?
"I think so. To be honest, the first time round I didn't think Fame Academy was the worst premise in the world. You got people on and they would write songs and develop themselves as artists. But then instead of getting a little bit more credible it got a little bit more ridiculous. I think the first one was the only reality show I've ever really watched to be honest."
You're not a fan of The X Factor then?
"I like those people on the opening shows who come in and sing random songs, but the rest of it just seems like a crazy sitcom - and not one of the best sitcoms at that. It seems very transparent and follows a very standard blueprint. But at the end of the day it entertains a lot of people and if no one gets hurt and no one goes in thinking they'll have a 20-year career it's harmless."
Is it true Jade Goody chose your song 'Last Request' for her funeral?
"As far as I know she did - she used that and 'Jenny Don't Be Hasty'. I can't really say I feel that great or proud about it though. The whole whole thing was so tragic. None of it should have happened in the first place and there should never have been a funeral. All my sympathies go to her family. I guess I'm glad in some ways that my song could have meant enough for someone to want it as the soundtrack to that moment."
Sunny Side Up is released on June 1.