What is it about band names that help or hurt the artists who choose them? Well first, it’s really hard for a band to be taken seriously if say you’re called Limp Bizkit, or Flo Rida. But even some genuinely good bands have names which are silly or don’t really fit. Foo Fighters anyone? As I digress though, today we'll be talking about some awesome band names, and why the names work so well with the music they create. Enjoy!
The tale of the Avalanches is a sad one. As I’ve mentioned before, they made one still vastly brilliant album over fifteen years ago. The reason the name works so well, for me is because their sound is kind of like a musical avalanche. The assortment of samples piled on each other make a vibrant mix of chaos and color, and while most actual avalanches are white in color, the shoe fits fantastically well, and perfectly showcases the controlled storm of the phenomenon.
When you talk about the early days of heavy metal, the most important band to bring up is easily Black Sabbath. Led Zeppelin is amazing, but Sabbath has a more traditional sound in the genre. Regardless of musicality though, the name Black Sabbath promotes evil in ways that many bands today can’t even come close to. It just sounds brutal. The holy day of Sunday, turned into a world of blood and torment. That’s what Sabbath means to me.
Death Cab for Cutie
I’ll be clear: While this band is very good, and the name catchy and interesting, I have no idea what it means beyond the very obvious thought consisting of a pretty girl waiting for a ride to the afterlife. For some reason though, the name fits well within the style and themes presented over the course of their records. It’s a sad, sometimes dreary band that could work within the confines of a name like that, and undoubtedly the band has found great success as Death Cab for Cutie.
Faith No More
In the same way that Black Sabbath represents evil in all it’s greatness, Faith No More stands up as being just as good, if not more subtle than the other name just mentioned. It works so well because of it’s simplicity, but I actually like to think it has more meaning than the obvious religious undertones. To me, FNM implies that everything is meant to change, both musically and in live, and that nothing is sacred, and everything should be mixed around to form something new and exciting
Queens of the Stone Age
Most bands full of men don’t easily veer to a name with a feminine affect to it, but Queens aren’t most bands. The heaviness of the title, as well as the otherworldly feel of the music add to the name. The fact that some songs are genuinely love songs also adds to the more womanly nature of the band, and when a band is awesome and Queens of the Stone Age, frankly I feel like they can do whatever they want. Thanks for reading!
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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