I got a press release today from Victory Records; a fairly big record label that specialises in hardcore punk, emo, pop-rock and metal. This press release was telling us about a metalcore band called A HERO A FAKE (Terrible name) and their new album The Future Again (Silly album title too) which is out on July 17th this year. The press release came with a youtube link to steam the album (Link here in case you’re curious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GUxI-EsjzI) but I haven’t listened to it because of the terrible name.
I conveyed these feelings on twitter, naturally and got a couple of responses…
James from the blog Beer Bar Band said “terrible band names are a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm talentless but want to start band called "Buttnuggets" just for the name”
And Kitten Mitton raised a very good point by saying “It would be better with a comma maybe? A Hero, A Fake”
Firstly, James; I would listen to Buttnuggets, purely because the name is mildly amusing. It’s silly but it’s amusing and bizarre – like The Butthole Surfers. Silly band name… but they’re totally fucking awesome.
Secondly; Kitten Mitton raises a very good point – a comma would be better although I think the name would still be fucking ridiculous.
I’ve always been puzzled by terrible band names. I want to listen to a band whose name actually makes sense… maybe even means something.
I feel that band names have an impact on how you hear the music… I’m saying this is a terrible name for a band, I could listen to it but I’m kind of expecting them to be terrible purely based on the name so even if it’s a good album it could sound slightly rubbish.
Maybe I should just stop being so fucking ridiculous, I dunno. This is just how I feel.
I just want to ask “Why have you chosen such an absurd name?”
Maybe I should.
How do you feel about terrible band names? Does a band’s name change how you hear the music?