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Indie Band Naming Guide Dept.:

5 TIPS TO HELP YOU NAME YOUR NEW BAND IN 2013

Chris Auman


After 1,000 years of rock and roll, it’s getting harder and harder to come up with unique and clever band names. Use this handy Reglar Wiglar Band Naming Guide to help you and your scruffy indie rock pals name your new project: 

TIP #1: ADD AN EXTRA CONSONANT OR VOWEL

To give your band that clever twist (and to help you search for yourself on Google) try introducing a few extra consonants or vowels into an otherwise ordinary noun. Where? Anywhere! This method expands on the popular one-word band names of the nineties by giving it a 21st century twiist.

Examples: Stadiium, Tooothbrush, Clevver 

Wavves
Wavves, photo by Don Perry

TIP #2: FLAT OUT MISSPELL SHIT

Purposely misspell your band name with a wink and a nod to the kids. This technique (or gimmick) sends the message: “Yeah, we know it’s spelled wrong, we did that on purpose. We could give a flying fuck what the grammarians think. They’re too old to understand anyway." Magic is a good word to use and it also incorporates TIP #3: Use the Word Magic in Your Band Name. Try pairing that word up to modify an ordinary household object, like a toaster:

Example: Maggikk Toaster

NOT the Beetles
NOT the Beetles

TIP #3: USE THE WORD MAGIC IN YOUR BAND NAME

This is pretty self-explanatory: take the word "magic" and stick it in your band name. Anywhere. Also works with "crystal".

Examples: Magick Muffin Krystal Bookcase 

Magik Markers, photo by Rebecca Smeyne
Magik Markers, photo by Rebecca Smeyne

TIP #4: UTILIZE EMOTICONS AND KEYBOARD COMMANDS

Why not try adding a keyboard command or short-cut into the mix. You can use a straight-up PC command:

Ctrl+Alt+Del

or for Mac:

Command-Option-Esc

WARNING: Mac users: make sure you save any changes before attempting to use this one! Here's a particularly awesome keyboard command name: altX+altJ+altX which renders this little baby right here:

≈∆≈

Alt-J, photo by Jory Cordy
Alt-J, photo by Jory Cordy

TIP #5: USE ANIMAL NAMES

OK, this one may be a bit played out at this point, but some people haven’t gotten the memo yet, so if you are an animal lover, we say go for it. A good trick is to pick an animal and then incorporate an animal body part.

Use this diagram:

[your favorite animal] + [body part]

For example: Giraffe + Neck = Giraffe Neck i.e. great band name!

Deer hooves, Deer Hoof
The Deer hooves in Deer Hoof

TRY ALL THEM ALL!

Now that we've given you some good tips to get started, you can experiment with your own band names. Let us know what you come up with and don't be afraid to try them all on the same awesome band name.

Example: Maggik Krystal Horsse Ballls ;)

Have fun! 

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