Tag: nucular aminals

Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 11, 2021

Cartoon image of a pink square pig in a round hold

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 listings return, I am curating retrospective posts from past material. Dates indicate when the band was originally featured.)


This is the second week of game-themed band names, though most of them are more of a stretch than last week. I’m also pretty sure one of them turned up previously under another theme, but there’s no reason to be too strict here.

As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask again, get your vaccine if you haven’t already, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Leeches of Lore
(April 16, 2016) This sounds like a healing item carried by a cleric in a tabletop role-playing game. I like the alliteration, and the grossness of leeches paired with the solemnity of lore.

Nucular Aminals
(January 28, 2012) One of the resident gamers is playing a game set near Chernobyl, so this is timely. Spelling out the  mispronunciation gives it a nice Cold-War edge.

Runny Nose Bros.
(December 22, 2018) Probably won’t be a hit video game, but any parent of two or more who has been through at least one winter will be nodding in recognition.

(September 26, 2015) The end of the world’s slowest chess game.

(September 25, 2011) Completely independent of this band, my kid once used Woodgrain as a screen name in an online fighting game, in an effort to come up with something absurdly boring and non-threatening with nothing whatever to do with the game. I have to hope these guys were thinking along similar lines.


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