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 club listings for abundant source material!
Christmas week is sometimes slim pickings in terms of band names, but this time the listings were bulging like Santa’s pack. Here are a few of the gifts that spilled out:
Fifth-grade social studies film strip, simultaneously important and boring. Bonus: this is a brand-new band playing their first show!
Is it less shadowy (diluted) than a full shadow, or more (concentrated)?
AKA Righteous indignation. Not opposites, but twin motivations of many fictional characters, including my own St Rage.
I like that you have to say it aloud (and maybe be a certain age) to get the wordplay. Does this mean I won’t run faster, jump higher?
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.
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