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Having a good band name is really important. It not only needs to reflect your style of music, but it also has to align what’s current and hip.
When potential fans of your music hear or read your name, you want them to think “that sounds like something I may like” and therefore give you a listen.
If you’re a heavy band, the name “Skankin’ Saxophones” probably isn’t going to strike a chord with your average metal fan, and on the flip side the name “Chainsawed Foetus of Hate” isn’t going to have Ska Punk fans jumping on Google to look you up.
Below is a summary of pretty much every “cool” band name trend of the last 20 years. Enjoy…
1998: The Nu-Metal years – Spell it like an 11 year old wannabe gangster
2000: The Pop Punk years – Add a random number on the end
2001: The Indie Rock years – Make sure it starts with “The”
2003: The Emo Years – What day/month is it?
Bandvember in Bandday
2007: The Metalcore years – Verbing the noun
Banding the Band
2011: The Melodic Hardcore years – A single plural word
2009: The Screamo years – Vowels are lame
2015: The Dark Pop years – Actually vowels are okay but Vs are cooler
Have a feeling on what’s going to be the next band name trend? Think I’ve left a particular trend out of this list? Let me know below in the comments. Cheers.