Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 20, 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!

Thanks for stopping by! New this week, I have a little gift for visitors to this site–a discount coupon for print copies of two of my books: garage-rock fairy tale The Gospel According to St. Rage and book 1 of my YA fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Magic. Follow the hyperlinks to the Not A Pipe Publishing online shop and enter coupon code BANDNAMES at checkout for 15% off!

It’s still summer AND still a pandemic, so remember to drink plenty of water, put on sunscreen, and keep wearing those masks! 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!

Bag Raiders
Parents of small children know to stock the purse/diaper bag/backpack with fruit snacks and string cheese to appease the ravening hordes.

The Dial Ups
You’re hearing the screech now, aren’t you? (If you aren’t, you’re too young. You had to be there.)

Drastic Down
The coat that comes out only on the coldest days.

After the hero slays the mighty beast, its spirit haunts the treasure hoard, inciting a whole new quest.

The Pioneer Squares
Local flavor together with a little loser-pride wordplay. Doesn’t get more PNW than that.


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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