Square Pig in a Round Hole-January 4, 2020

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically.

Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

Happy New Year & New Decade! Don’t give me any argument about the decade beginning next year–it’s the ’20s now, so let’s just shut up and learn to Charleston. It goes without saying that the celebration of band names will continue as long as the listings include treasures like these:

David’s Van

Shoutout to every garage band’s beloved if unreliable vehicle that makes touring or even just gigs possible.


All it needs is a little gin. Very little.

Motionless in White

Arty and opposite; how often is rock music still or clean? (The paper inadvertently ran the names of co-headliners together. The name I thought I was choosing was “Beartooth Motionless in White,” which takes the artiness up to eleven. These bands should consider merging and changing their name to this.)


Sound effect and illustration in one.

Yeti Set Go

This displays the same kind of wordplay as Petty or Not from a couple of weeks back, but with a different kind of celebrity. Cryptid pun for the win.

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