-Interview- Drawing Blanks (2/12/16)

Arkansas rock band Drawing Blanks discuss their live show, current state of rock, and much more.


From: Fayetteville, AR
Sounds like: Rock

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Drawing Blanks” and is there any meaning behind it?

Sawyer and I, the two founding members, met in high school and have continued to play music since. It wasn't until May 2015 that Drawing Blanks was created. It was created because they saw a need to go in a new direction in their music career, as opposed to just being a part of a high school fad. We developed our sound from our love of classic rock, like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, CCR, The Doors, and Eric Clapton. We wanted to incorporate that style of playing with passion that our audience can feel. Sawyer came up with the name after spending weeks trying to come up with one, and he finally just said, "I don't know guys, I'm drawing a blank." And we all just kind of had a light bulb go off, and we stuck with it.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Fear" EP?

We want people to feel the way we felt when we wrote those songs. For example, in "Definitely Not Yet" we want people to feel the desperation and the begging for just one more chance.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

People can expect tons and tons of energy. We really try to put literally everything we've got into our shows. Lots of jumping, yelling, and we like to interact with the crowd as much as they'll let us. We are also huge fans of Jam sessions and changing a part of song for different shows. We're doing this to have fun mainly, so we want the audience to see that that's what we're there for.

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

"Definitely Not Yet". It's really emotional and I yell and shake and go all over the place and it's just amazing to play live.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Rival Sons, Cage The Elephant, and The Black Keys.

6. Any crazy show stories?

We plead the fifth.

7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

Rock has been through some shit, but there are a lot of promising performers that we believe can really save whatever it is that you would say has happened to it. People like Rival Sons, Jack White, The Black Keys, and mother fucking Dave Grohl. They're not just saving it, they're innovating it and expanding on it all the time. We see hope for the future of Rock.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Arkansas both locally and state wide?

State wide, as far as we know, is fucking dead. The only place we've played in Arkansas that has a scene is in Fayetteville here in Northwest Arkansas. Fayetteville's scene is a mix of old blues, folk, and metal. We're not really, fully at least, any of those things, so our audiences are pretty varied.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

I don't know about you, but we're poor. We'll gladly pay if we believe that artist truly needs our help, or if it's just so damn good we have to buy it. But other than that, we love music, and we're not willing to go without just because we're broke. But we try to help out as much as we can.

10. What’s next for Drawing Blanks?

Hopefully Madison Square Garden, your living room, a tour this summer. Almost anything as long as we're playing and people are wanting to listen.

11. Any shoutouts?

Shout out to Chelsea Ware and The Syc House, Amanda Rey, and a HUGE shout out to Lemaster Studios in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. We could not have done anything without their help and support for our music and what we do.