Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 30, 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.)


It’s Halloweeneen and I have one last batch of monster-themed band names to fill your treat sack. However you plan to celebrate, be safe out there. 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.

Sewer Troll 
(February 20, 2013) Urban trolls have it figured out. They never have to risk coming out in daylight. They can lurk in the sewers and only appear on the Internet.

Siegfried vs. the Giant
(December 11, 2010) Hooray for Norse mythology geeks! Siegfried is my favorite big dumb hero.

We Could Be Monsters
(August 10, 2019) Every little cute thing has this inspirational poster.

Wet Nightmare 
(May 7, 2011) This name conveys in two words all the wonder and horror of puberty.

Wounded Giant
(January 4, 2014) There’s a whole epic contained in these two words.


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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