Square Pig in a Round Hole-March 12, 2023

Naming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Since 2010, Square Pig in a Round Hole has been rewarding 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!

I might be a day late, but even the massive Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference can’t keep me from (eventually) celebrating band names. It was fun, it was informative, it was exhausting. Time to get back to normal.

If you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch. And … hit the follow button at the lower right to never miss a post!

Disco Doom
When the world is ending, party like it’s 1975. Could also easily be a Mystery Men villain.

Key Lime Guys
Citrus-y punk rock goodness! I just wish they had a findable online presence.

Pent Up!
The exclamation mark highlights the urgency of releasing whatever it is, but please find a method that is safe for all concerned.

Spiders from Uranus
Pulp sci-fi vibe plus David Bowie reference by way of the most juvenile wordplay imaginable. I salute them.

The Thrifted
Transformation from adjective to noun somehow elevates all those second-hand duds in my closet.


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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