Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 6, 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!

Busy day for me–recording a podcast, launching a book, and packing for vacation–so I’ll make this quick. Band names!

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!

Holding Absence
Rather than moving on after loss, clinging to the void.

Love Visa
Gee, maybe people should have to qualify for a certificate before taking the journey of a relationship.

I skipped someone’s coronation. I’d rather think we’re all ruled by the Moon. (By my count, this is my 36th moon-themed band name. I welcome more!)

New Injuries
Implies layers of scars from old injuries.

Rare Boars
What could be rarer than a square pig?


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.
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My new science fiction novel, Ego & Endurance is out now! Details here! If you’re intrigued by a hard sci-fi workplace rom-com/survival story in space, inspired by and patterned on the Shackleton expedition, please check it out!

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