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Keep Art Alive :: Photos by Conor Kerr

Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring Don’t Shoot

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Don’t Shoot became a band after each of us met at various band nights in our hometown, meaning that each of us have very different influences. Fortunately this has meant that, when writing, the band have very different ideas about how a song should come together.

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)? 

This is the kind of question that seems like it should be answered with regards to your heroes/heroines or influences. However, we should always think about this kind of thing practically. Therefore we’re gonna go for Mary Berry, who will provide sustenance as well as a motherly figure, Chris Pratt, who will provide Andy Dwyer humour as well as a solid stance on personal fitness and self preservation, and some kind of generically hot female who will keep us on our toes and teach us how to be cool.

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

I want to say Wheetos. So Wheetos.


4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

On Don’t Shoot’s wall there is the evidence of a pen and paper game called ‘stop the bus.’

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

The smell of chalk reminds us of the first few practices we had in the garage of our guitar player, an area which was especially dedicated to a pool table and darts board. Sorry for disturbing the peace of this room.

6. Coffee or tea?

Tea is a constant part of life, coffee only features at important times and places.

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

When we entered the Soundwave competition we were unsure of how people from outside our circles in Northern Ireland would react. Therefore, when the judges of this competition described our act as ‘orchestral indie pop’, we took this under our belt as the perfect description of what we aimed to do, landing somewhere between Frightened Rabbit and Arcade Fire.

Editor’s note: Don’t shoot were winners in the 2015 UK Soundwave competition.

8. Three words that describe you?

Orchestral Indie Pop. Yeo. That’s a fourth word.

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

The usuals like Jessica Rabbit and Lois Griffin were mentioned but I’m pretty sure we can all go for Catwoman in the Batman: Arkham Asylum/City series of Games.

10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

The idea of R. E. M’s The End of The World As We Know It seemed to be perfect

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) :: R.E.M.

I recently discovered Don’t Shoot, and have been listening to their new EP, The Wonderkid, that I encourage everyone to listen to it. The EP was released on the 18th of this month from Broken Road Records. My favorite’s from the EP, so far, are Wonderkid, Hollywood and Rules.

Don’t Shoot are based between Northern Ireland and Glasgow. They are made up of Jonny Kirwan (vocals and guitar, Anna Doody (synth and vocals), Fearghal McMahon (guitar), Corrie McCusker (bass) and Emmett Cleary (drums). They are the winners of the Soundwave Music Competition 2015, which they competed with 1,000 bands, and they were the ones that came out the winners!

Flutter (live, acoustic) :: Don’t Shoot

You can learn more about Don’t Shoot via their website, You can have a listen, and add some of their songs to your new favorite playlist here at Spotify. You can listen to them at Soundcloud here, and watch and listen at YouTube here. You can check them out at ReverbNation here, too.

You can go and get social by “friending” them at Facebook here. Follow their Tweets, and Tweet back at Twitter here.  Check-in with Don’t Shoot at Tumblr and Instagram, too.

To keep up with upcoming tour dates, favorite and check-in to their website, and Broken Road Records. Their next dates are, as follows:

June 5, 2015 – The Record Factory, Glasglow
June 11, 2015 – Audio, Glasgow
August 29, 2015 – Go Rock Festival (festival to raise money to beat Cancer)

And, you should go and buy their EP on Amazon here, or on iTunes here. Keep Art Alive by supporting artists you enjoy.

I want to thank Don’t Shoot, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

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