Square Pig in a Round Hole-January 29, 2022

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 and The Stranger nightlife listings for abundant source material!

My worry that most shows would be canceled has so far not panned out. I hope that means people are being careful and keeping things safe, not that we’ve just given up. For whatever reason, it required very little work to find five intriguing band names this week. Keep up the good work!

As ever, and especially if you’re going out to shows again, wash your hands, wear your upgraded mask, get your vaccine and booster if you haven’t already, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for even better days. Hit the follow button (toward the bottom of the menu) and never miss a post!

Dead Family Dog
Is the beloved pet no more, or is it the sole survivor? (I also appreciate the play on an album title I was not previously aware of.)

Fat Saturn
I’m always up for a space reference! The rhyme gives it a nice rhythmic bounce.

I love the idea of a haunted house where the spirits communicate with the living via Post-Its.

This one epitomizes Seattle Loser Pride. Take your ickiest feature and wear it as a badge of honor.

A lame supervillain who doesn’t even do his own work.


Two last things before you go:

  1. I run 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 archive and subscribe here for future issues. (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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