Coming up with a good name for your band is crucial. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but it's hard to imagine Coldplay becoming the vanilla-rock powerhouse it is today as Pectoralz. That said, if one of the world's most famous bands started out with a name that godawful, then there's hope for us all, right?
While the rest of us are still scratching our heads and naming our bands after misspelled foods, these ten St. Louis acts have succeeded in crafting memorable monikers that are well suited to their musical endeavors.
Sometimes, when you put two words together, magic happens. Such is the case with the delightfully vague title of Ryan McNeely's difficult-to-classify project, Adult Fur. Both conjuring up images of André Breton's iconic Breakfast in Fur and suggesting the physiological changes that accompany puberty, Adult Fur's textural moniker is a perfect name for McNeely's music, which emphasizes the interplay of distinctive aesthetic textures.
Named after a set of sometimes-confusing French homophones, Ou Où (pronounced like "boo-hoo" without the initial consonants) is a near-perfect name for the particular brand of ambient electronic music the duo -- composed of Travis Bursik and Patrick Weston -- produce. The soft vowel sounds and lack of harsh consonants in the moniker "Ou Où" perfectly echo the soothing sustain of the band's music, and the name's lack of discernible meaning leaves the listener's imagination free to make what it will of the hypnotizing sounds Ou Où creates.
Mixing the nastiest of classic-rock riffage with sticky psychedelia and spacey electronics, Bug Chaser's sound and live show are an exuberant celebration of weirdness. Blending that same zaniness with a big dose of rock & roll self-destructiveness, the name of the eight-piece band refers to one who seeks out HIV-positive sex partners with the goal of contracting the disease. Weird, indeed.
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