Square Pig in a Round Hole-January 20, 2018

Square PigNaming 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!

Not quick enough to get tickets to the Seattle Pop Punk Festival before day 1 sold out, I have enjoyed reports from afar. Almost a third of the bands are past Square Pig honorees: Botherations, Date Night with Brian, Dead Bars, The Drolls, and Stuporhero. Meanwhile, these non-festival bands made the cut this week:

Chronological Injustice

Either ageism or being born in the wrong century.

Final Body

Hint: it’s the one we die with.

The Go Aways

Lesser Seattle and the spirit of Emmett Watson live on!

The Mercy Ray

A gently beaming smile, or Tesla’s “Peace Beam” by another name?

Wrong Way at the Roundabout

When traffic gets tangled, don’t get mad; get out and dance. I also like how the alliteration isn’t obvious in the spelling.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 19, 2017

Square PigNaming 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!

I was really hoping to find a batch of eclipse-themed band names, but alas, it was not to be. Noonmoon is closest, but I already wrote about them here. If you’re going to Oregon for the big event, I hope you’re already there; I feel sorry for anyone whose travels take them there for other reasons this weekend. I saw a total solar eclipse in 1979, so I’m content to stay in Seattle and experience 91% of totality with my homemade viewer. Without further ado, five band names that are not eclipse themed:

The Drolls

Like trolls, but with a more sophisticated wit.

Flicker and Fade

Alliterative poetry for dying light. Fitting for late summer.

The Hop Monsters

Evokes both beer and preschoolers, I hope not at the same time.

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Doesn’t get any rootsier than this. I can almost taste the gumbo.

Zigtebra

Twice the stripes.