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 nightlife listings for abundant source material!
(Until live music returns, I am curating retrospective posts from past material. Dates indicate when the band was originally featured.)
SQUARE PIG IN A ROUND HOLE PANDEMIC EDITION #30
I’m on vacation and going nowhere! Back in January, we were planning to go to Las Vegas next week on a trip the spouse won at his holiday party. Now that’s a big NOPE, but Moon Month continues! October 2020 has two full moons (the second one will be on Halloween) so I will be sharing nothing but moon-themed band names all month. I hope it takes your mind off the lunacy that is 2020. Everybody, wash your hands, wear your mask, and plan to vote like your life depends on it. And if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.
Flight to Mars
A Rocket to the Moon
(April 9, 2011) These two have their own obvious connection, but for me it’s personal: my current literary effort concerns a space expedition that begins on the Moon and flies to Mars and beyond. [Interesting; I’ve recently taken up this same project again! –ed.] Once again, we demonstrate the close relationship between science fiction and rock & roll.
(November 30, 2019) Veiled in cloud, drifting spookily through the night. (By my count, this is at least the 27th moon-themed name I’ve featured.)
(September 6, 2014) As a space travel and science fiction fan, I’m always on the lookout for space-related band names. I like this one because it sounds made-up on the face of it, but there very well might be water ice deep in some of the moon’s craters. Our solar system is still full of surprises.
(October 12, 2019) As green as the moth of the same name, flourishing in moonlight.
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