Usually band names fall into two categories: “The ________” or “_______ ________s.” Short and sweet, interesting enough to be memorable but not weird enough to be off-putting. These five bands clearly didn’t care about following the rules, but they’re worth a listen anyway.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
With three albums since 2007, their sound ranges from “The Smiths’ ritalin-addicted cousin” to “Smashing Pumpkins’ guitar pedal yard sale” – but they somehow manage to carve out a niche just big enough for some really enjoyable songs.
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Described as “British dance punk”, the band explains that their name came from an episode of the British version of The Office, where Ricky Gervais says “My drinking – Does it offend you, yeah?”
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
Their 2006 album Fear Is On Our Side showed a lot of promise, but it took a long time for the follow-up – their label just announced Dust is due out October 28.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The songs are as long and unapproachable as the band name, but if you have 20 minutes to spare, check out a track from their 2013 Polaris Prize-winning album Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
This one is easily shortened to “Trail Of Dead”, but don’t skimp on the listening – the Austin, Texas 4-piece has released eight albums and became known for their explosive stage show (that usually ended with a bunch of smashed gear).