Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 1, 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 nightlife listings for abundant source material!


It has been warm enough this past week to turn on the AC more than once, and I had a birthday–both to be expected in any year. We take our normality where we can find it. I have mixed feelings about the sort-of baseball season: a swing at normality that could either be lots of fun or go all kinds of wrong. Anyway, this week’s retrospective has a baseball theme, paired with a loving glance at Seafair. Be safe, wear your mask, and please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

The Aquabats!

(July 12, 2014) This made-up word is taking me in so many directions, which I love. Synchronised swimmers doing gymnastic tricks? Marine mammals using sonar to hunt their prey? (Wait, that’s dolphins.) But I can’t help thinking this is somehow baseball related. [Happy accident of timing: they have a new album releasing on August 21, 2020!]

The Aquadolls

(December 7, 2019) Great retro vibe conjures up Seafairs of yesteryear and Esther Williams movies. I’m so pleased to learn this is, in fact, an all-female surf-punk band.

Chance to Steal

(February 17, 2017) Another sign of hope: spring training has begun. [Hey, they also have a new record out!]

Double Play

The Home Team

(July 13, 2019) Root, root, root! I’m always happy to find multiple bands in the same week  whose names have a common theme. This time I noted three with a baseball theme, and I had only picked one of them previously (Chance to Steal). Also happy to learn Double Play is a two-piece because that’s as perfect as a well-turned double play.


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