Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 23, 2021

Cartoon image of a pink square pig in a round hold

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 listings return, I am curating retrospective posts from past material. Dates indicate when the band was originally featured.)


Are you ready for the bomb cyclone? So far, it is amounting to no more than breeze and drizzle at Square Pig HQ, but there is lots of time for it to build up to something bigger. We cleared our downspouts and secured everything that might blow around, just in case. Meanwhile, even if there’s no monster storm, I have another set of monster-themed band names for your reading (and listening) pleasure. For the second time in as many weeks, I include a new one! Thanks to the Facebook friend (different from last week) who made the suggestion. As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, get your vaccine if you haven’t already, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Mega Bog
(February 3, 2018) Super-powered swamp creature rises from the undrained morass to save us from the real monsters.

Monster Magnet
(November 23, 2013) That is one rough dating scene.

Of Monsters and Men
(New!) This would have fit just as well with the literary theme I did some months back. I like how it extends the group whose plans fall through or go astray to mythical creatures, especially those we fear. We’re not so different, after all.

Saliva Giant
(January 24, 2015) Disgusting on a hilariously grand scale. Have to respect that. Do not get in a spitting contest with this one.

(October 8, 2017) Horror-movie two-fer: monster and sound track both.


Two last things before you go:

  1. I am admin for The Rage Brigade, a Facebook group for conversation about fantasy, science fiction, superheroes, and music (and the intersections thereof). If that sounds like fun, come join us here.
  2. 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 eleven issues and subscribe here for future issues. The October 2021 issue is out now! (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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