Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 20, 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!

This is usually a lighthearted space, but I must acknowledge this week’s shocking loss to music generally and to Seattle especially. I’m one year older than Chris Cornell. Therefore, the ’90s were my parenting-small-children years; I didn’t get to hear that decade’s music until much later. But even in the midst of maximum domestic chaos, I’d heard of him and appreciated Soundgarden as a band name. The intensely local nature of the name is hidden from the rest of the world while it perfectly describes the scene here: fertile ground for weird new music of all genres. The best memorial would be to get out and hear the new local sounds sprouting up even now. RIP Chris Cornell, gone too soon.

Everyone Orchestra

Whether it is for everyone or literally is everyone, I like the inclusivity.

Madame Damnable

Looks good on the page, sounds good to the ear. I also applaud naming a 3-piece band as a singular character.

Mount Analogue

I suppose this comes from the allegorical novel of the same name, but I could also imagine it as a fragment of technical instructions of some kind.

Sneaky Bones

When you’re not looking, skeletons creep up. Before you know it, you’ve got one under your skin. Spooky.

WE Are the Asteroid

How everything else on Earth sees the disaster that is the human race.

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