Square Pig in a Round Hole-November 14, 2020

Naming 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!

(Until live music returns, I am curating retrospective posts from past material. Dates indicate when the band was originally featured.)


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) continues–I’ve got 16,000 words on my project so far and still having fun–and so does the literary theme on the blog. There are more than enough suitable band names in the vault for the whole month. As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, maybe read a book or ten, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Casca’s Dagger
(May 14, 2016) One character’s prop suggests the whole tragedy.

Comedy of Terrors
(April 4, 2015) The simple addition of one letter takes you from Shakespearean farce to B-movie horror; so bad it’s funny.

The Copyrights
(June 6, 2015) It’s a literary reference — not to the creative, inspiring, romantic side, but to the boring, bureaucratic end of things. When you set an uninteresting function off by itself as a band name, it lights up!

Dante Vs. Zombies
(September 8, 2012) This sounds like one of those literature + monsters mash-ups. My money’s on Dante, because he’s got Virgil and the virtuous pagans backing him up. (That would be a good name for a band, too.)

Deadly Poets
(October 4, 2014) I knew I distrusted poetry for some reason…

One last thing before you go: I share highlights from this blog in my quarterly author newsletter, The Storypunk Report, as well as news of what I’m writing and reading, upcoming events, and other goodies, including “Wizard in the Mosh Pit,” an exclusive short story just for subscribers. Click the link to check out the first eight issues and subscribe here for future issues. (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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