The Blowouts are a post punk band from Plymouth. Formed in 2010, they provide a sound that is a combination of post-punk with melody. Gareth Rooke asked them an A-Z Questionnaire and there are some awesome answers…

The Blowouts are a post punk band from Plymouth. Formed in 2010 they provide a sound that is a combination of post-punk with melody. Drawing on their influence from Mansun and The Cure, there is an alternative undertone to the songs providing that no two songs are the same and that they don’t stick too closely to one genre.

Blowouts are:
Jim Dawe – guitar and vocals
Brad Sherman – guitar and vocals
Rich Braide – bass
Jack Harris – drums

With their new record ‘A Veteran of Sorts’ out now, you can check out teaser here ( and their answers to the A-Z questions below.

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Bill & Ted films made me buy a guitar…

Best Rider You have Ever Had:

The first time we played Manchester, our friend Ste from Flat Back Four took us back to his house and made the hottest curry that any of us have ever eaten, that was pretty cool.

Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

3/4 of us moved into a creepy ass house and went completely insane at different points for different reasons. With countless incidents involving bodily fluids, substance abuse, lots of blood, suicide attempts, bouts of psychosis here and there probably… can we write that? The house is the cover of the record actually.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

‘I found wisdom in the war room of I don’t know/ an honest lie I prised from honest lips’ from ‘Post Trauma’.

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Easiest song to write was ‘Leading Lady’. We wrote that after Braide joined pretty much in a weekend.

Favourite Song In Your Set:

For me (Brad) It’s got to be ‘Storm Chaser’.

Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On Your Record:

Oooh… Nick Cave or Josh Homme. Actually, probably Mark E. Smith. That’d be great, just to watch him

Hardest Thing About Being In A Band:

Being skint…

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

When Jack’s really drunk he morphs into Jacky Shovels. His hands become claw like and he turns into a magic tramp sort of character that can disappear for whole days.

Jokes You Have In The Band:


Key To Writing a Song:

There totally isn’t one. Just play.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

We played a show in Bolton once and had to drive back to play a show in Penzance the next day…

Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced:

Personally for me, I watched The Sidekicks in Exeter a few years ago, and they blew me away. I totally wasn’t expecting it. Maybe not the best musician I’ve ever seen like you asked, but the shock of what they bellowed out for half an hour was amazing.

New Band You’d Recommend:

There’s loads of great bands coming out of our part of the country. Helpless are real cool and just got signed with Holy Roar. Definitely check those guys out.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Nick Cave And the Bad Seeds would be a ‘Good Heavens’ moment.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

Immediately, we really want to get to Europe in the new year. America is somewhere we’d love to try and get to though

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

‘There is no evidence that we’ve been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal. And in fact our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting things’ – Jon Ronson

Or… ‘I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy’ – Tom Waits

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

It kinda sums up the record.

See Us Live At:

We’re playing our last show of the year on 2nd December in Plymouth. After that we’re back out touring in Feb/March 2016.

The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree:

It’s all music. You look in the right places and all the good stuff is still there.

Unusual Merchandise:

We only have standard t shirts I’m afraid… boring I know. I want to take a disposable camera out on tour and sell it undeveloped… Single Mothers did that and it was badass.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

A swing version of the whole record

What Do Your Fans Mean To You:

If no one came to see us we’d probably still play because we love it. If other people dig it, which they seem to, then we can only be grateful that they make the effort for us! So it’s pretty special. 

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries:

Jack broke his hand mid-way through a tour. Played the rest of the shows and got it x-rayed when we got back to find out it was broken. He had surgery and everything and we slept in the van outside A&E.

You’re late for a show, who’s fault is it:

If we were late, it would be a genuine accident and nobody’s direct fault haha

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band:

A bat? Misunderstood and out all night.

Blowouts can be found here:
Twitter: (@blowoutsband)


Gareth Rooke

November 13, 2015

Hi I'm Gareth, A foolish Welshman that has found himself living in Scotland. I adore live music and this all started back in University when a friend dragged me along to my first gig and I saw Travis. From then on I spent a lot of time going to see bands from rubbish uni bands that had formed one drunken night to the mighty Blur. When I finished uni there was a 10 year gap between gigs (long story). Now though, on any given day of the week I can be found in the venues of Glasgow. With regards to my music taste I love anything with great lyrics and heavy drums. When I was younger (and still am) I was obsessed with a band called Alisha's Attic.
When not at a gig I will be found at my computer playing games like Prison Architect, Hearthstone and Wolfenstein.

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