The Six Best (And Six Worst) Band Names at SXSW

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Dana Plonka
Duran Duran: Pretty good band name. From last year's SXSW
If you turned on the Internet recently, you may have seen that South By Southwest is this week. The highlight of the annual Austin, Texas, festival is seeing great bands and discovering new favorites. Inversely, many of the thousands of artists who cram into the state capital are horrible. With good and bad bands comes good and bad band names. Here are the six best and six worst band names at this year's South By Southwest conference.

The Six Best Band Names at SXSW

6: Andy Suzuki and the Method
Orchestra geek to the max.

5: Expensive Shit
"Fuck" names were all the rage a few years back, and this might be ahead of the curve on the "shit" bandwagon. There's an oxymoron in there, and it's a Fela Kuti reference, so this shit has cred.

4: New Roman Times
This is a hit for history buffs and font nerds alike. It sounds like a newspaper that would have been carved daily. It would probably have "Haggar The Horrible."

3: Gay Witch Abortion
It doesn't roll off the tongue very well, but it is so over the top that it is commendable. It's like the top three fears of the Republican party.

2: Apache Dropout
There are tons on "Indian" names these days, so it can be hard to distinguish. Apache Dropout is more specific, more contradictory, and just funny enough to not get old. Bravo.

1: Library Voices
It's cute, it's nostalgic, and it's polite. These things are hard to come by effectively; face it, we've all just given up and gotten used to Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Library Voices sounds like a band that wants to be liked and that you want to like. It sounds like a band that would leave a nice note after staying at your house after a show. South By Southwest is a loud, intensive experience with countless people shouting the different incarnations of "look at me!" Library Voices sticks out by keeping it down.

The six worst band names at SXSW are on the next page.


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11 comments
hiqc
hiqc

old people shouldnt be allowed to write on the internet

hiqc
hiqc

hey genius listen to the music you fucktard

John
John

Lets hear more from the Magic Wands

Betty Boop
Betty Boop

 I thought Magic wands were great

Poops and Butts
Poops and Butts

Black Ghost Bearwolves would have been a better choice.

Gg
Gg

ghost wolves are one of them best new bands outa austin and their wolf is amazing

Jacklondonrocks
Jacklondonrocks

Hey dude! The Ghost Wolves actually tour with a real life 125 pound arctic wolf hyrbid...and live with a pack on their Texas ranch when they're not touring. Hows that for AWESOME? I think that should put them on the "best" list...

Cory Garcia
Cory Garcia

Have you considered that maybe C!NCC! love The Goonies just a little too much? 

That said, gonna rename my band Wolfman Has Nards and hope for the best.

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

I think Gay Witch Abortion has only existed this long to make it onto Worst Band Names Of SXSW lists each and every year.

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