Square Pig in a Round Hole-April 23, 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!

Did you do something for Earth Day? Ironically, I got to spend an hour and forty-five minutes sitting on the freeway when they closed the southbound lanes so the president could sign an executive order at Seward Park. In honor of Earth Day, I turned off the engine when it was clear we weren’t going to move again for a while. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in the writing process, I will be one of four guest authors talking about crafting amazing dialogue on YouTube talk show “Monday’s Tartar Sauce” with host Josh Grant of Diabolic Shrimp. (Not a band name. Yet.) It’s live show and audience interaction is encouraged! Monday, April 25 at 5 pm Pacific, here.

If you’re just here for the band names, read on!

As ever, and especially if you’re going out to shows again, wash your hands, wear your mask awhile longer even if you don’t have to, get your vaccine and booster if you haven’t already, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch to encourage them as we look forward to less interesting times. And … hit the follow button at the lower right to never miss a post!

It looks like links in a chain and rhymes when spoken aloud. Evokes both coziness and the color of raspberry Otter Pops.

Cruel Diagonals
When geometry is not your friend and you want your sandwiches cut in rectangles.

Our species needs a reason upgrade.

Midnight Movie
Retro vibe of catching a cheesy flick with your friends, not with your parents. Freedom, if only for a couple of hours.

Trance to the Moon
Less expensive than a rocket, and probably safer.


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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