The Definitive List of Great Band Names

Gnarwolves Album Cover

Band names. It's one of the first decisions any group makes, but it is also one of the biggest.

A bad name will not necessarily stop you from being noticed, on the contrary, some names make you stand out from the crowd and draw attention. HOWEVER, a bad name does make your fans really think about wearing your merch and can really bug the members themselves years later, just ask the Arctic Monkeys.

That's why good band names are worth their weight in gold, they make you go "yeah man, that band sounds great" and fills you with hopeful anticipation that the music can live up to the name.

Gnarwolves got me thinking about this subject. Unfortunately they've split up, but the punk band from Brighton were great and had a name, which quite frankly, is one of the best ever made.

So lets do this, below is a continually updating list of great band names. Thats it! And if you like the name, check the band out. You never know, the music might live up to the name. I'm starting with 50 and we'll go from there.

( If you have any suggestions feel free to email me.)

The Definitive List of Great Band Names

- Gnarwolves
- Nine Inch Nails
- Gender Roles
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Death From Above 1979
- The Armed
- Queens of the Stone Age
- The Cure
- Vampire Weekend
- Dinosaur Pile Up
- We Have Band
- Soulwax
- City and Colour
- The Psychedelic Furs
- Christian Fitness
- Nirvana
- Kvelertak
- The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
- Knife Party
- Tyler The Creator
- Glassjaw
- The Horrors
- Black Flag
- Minor Threat
- A Tribe Called Quest
- Million Dead
- Mongol Horde
- Manic Street Preachers
- The Velvet Underground
- Slayer
- Brian Jonestown Massacre
- Dead Kennedys
- Joy Division
- N.W.A
- Motorhead
- Propagandhi
- The Clash
- Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
- Led Zeppelin
- Massive Attack
- The Stranglers
- Black Sabbath
- Grateful Dead
- Public Enemy
- Death Grips
- Cancer Bats
- Swans
- Bauhaus
- Smashing Pumpkins
- !!!
- Mogwai
- Battles
- Best Coast
- Madness

Mini Mansions: Live @ The Portland Arms Cambridge 17/05/19

Mini Mansions A Guy Walks Into A Bar

When you can state that a band consists of members from two bonafide super groups in the form of Queens of the Stone Age and The Last Shadow Puppets, you can safely assume that band is going to be cool as fuck.

It's a safe assumption to make, because that's exactly what Mini Mansions are. Playing to a crowd of no more than 200 people in the backroom of Cambridge's The Portland Arms, the three founding members have the audacity to bring human drum machine Jon Theodore on stage with them, confounding their suaveness levels to new heights, and making them the coolest foursome to ever step foot in this venue.

Intimacy suits Michael Shuman and co, who strut through opening numbers Freakout! and Death is a Girl and immediately shake the audience into action, transporting the Cambridge collective to a a New York City dive bar. And whilst the classic cuts are enjoyable, apart from Vertigo and the colossal Mirror Mountain, it's the new tracks which really stand out and steal the show tonight.

Midnight in Tokyo rides a groove which could go on all day and not get old, Works Every Time showcases the best solo of the night and GummyBear sounds like a classic cut already. It's Hey Lover and Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good) that take the gold though, the first a sultry ballad with a roaring bassline stabbed through the chorus, and the second an old school 70s vibe rock n roll stomper.

The bands new album A Guy Walks into A Bar... drops on the 26th of July 2019. And if you enjoy a sound which emits so much cool it feels contagious, I suggest you pick it up.

  1. Freakout!
  2. Death Is a Girl
  3. Creeps
  4. Midnight in Tokyo
  5. GummyBear
  6. Any Emotions
  7. Vertigo
  8. I'm in Love
  9. Monk
  10. Works Every Time
  11. Hey Lover
  12. Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)
  13. Honey, I'm Home
  14. Mirror Mountain
Track Review: Theophilus London Feat Tame Impala - Whiplash

Theophilus London feat Tame Impala Whiplash album art

*First article of 2019. Oh man.

Sometimes it takes a few months for a year to really get going music wise. 2019 has had a few great releases already, but this track is the first to really grab my attention and scream QUALITY in my face.

Theophilus London have teamed up with Tame Impala for a couple of tracks, and whilst their first Only You was good, its the second single Whiplash which really got my attention.

DISCLAIMER: This song was technically premiered back in 2018, so there is an argument to be had about its eligibility for 2019s first hit...but it was officially released in January so... counts.

The production on this thing is outstanding, musically layered with synthesizers and eletronica-influenced beats, London is able to rap effortlessly over the top, with Tame Impala adding their gang vocals to the chorus, which appears and jabs the listener with an ethereal one, two.

The crowning glory of this piece though, is that effect laden bass riff which has an iconic quality to it. You can already imagine this tune lighting up evening festival slots across the world.

At 2:49 its a tune which doesn't out stay its welcome, beckoning the listener into its neon-dusk atmosphere before showing them door before they get to comfortable. Lucky for us, they give you a stamp so you can back in.

Whiplash is available EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW.

Medley Madness: Four Band Medleys You Must See

BMTH Deathcore Medley

If there are any downsides to becoming an incredibly famous band, one has to be the fact that there just isn't enough space in a setlist for every fans favourite song.

Fan bases can be complicated things. I mean there's no doubt these people love these bands, but often they can be found complaining about the direction they've taken with a certain album or bemoan the lack of live outings for some of their tracks.

Just pop onto Reddit and visit any bands particular subreddit, and you'll see countless examples of this. It's all because these people care...perhaps a little too much.

Anyway, it turns out bands do hear this criticism, and recently this has translated into a number of acts including a "medley" into their setlists. These act as an opportunity for the band to air tracks which otherwise would have missed out on the limelight.

Now there's a differing of opinion on these medley's, because of course there is. Some say that its the best thing since sliced bread, others say its a cop out, and the bands should just play the damn songs in full.

I, am in the pro-camp for these medley's because lets face it...the songs included in these are ones bands are probably tired of playing, and a medley is a good way of shaking them up a bit!

Here are four examples of such medleys which have caught my eye recently.

Bring Me The Horizon - The Comedown/Medusa/Diamonds Are Forever/No Reflections

"Mosh. Like it's 2008". The perfect summary to this medley of four tracks which showcase the impressive/brutal elasticity of frontman Oli Sykes. It's no secret that the Sheffield rock outfit have outgrown a lot of their older material, but this throwback proved that not only do the band have the ability to perform these tracks still, but they're more than happy to get them out once in a blue moon.

This is a must watch for anyone who likes things a bit heavy.

Muse - Stockholm Syndrome/Assassin/Reapers/The Handler/Microcuts/New Born/Ashamed

The longest medley of the lot, and one which has only just surfaced (hence the lack of official footage). This more than any other, is a medley which was created out of fan demand. Muse have an incredibly loyal fanbase who have stuck around for a long time.

With their recent releases leaning more towards pop territory, the rock fans in the group wanted a bit more metal included in their upcoming setlists. Well, ask and you shall receive! 15 minutes of pure riffage.

This medley is still a little bit loose, and will no doubt be tightened up and switched around a bit in the forthcoming months, but its still well worth a watch!

Enter Shikari - Sorry You're Not A Winner/Sssnakepit/...Meltdown/The Jester

Enter Shikari have been mashing up tracks and including interesting transitions for years now, but the recent inclusion of "The Quickfire Round" was a step further for the band. Five albums in, it was obviously proving difficult for the St Albans four piece to slash songs from the set, so four songs in nine minutes was quite a nice compromise.

The result is effective and in keeping with the bands frenetic fast paced on stage antics. Very happy to see Meltdown make a return as well. Great track.

Panic! At The Disco - The Only Difference.../Camisado/But It's Better If You Do/The Only Difference Reprise

Here we have the shortest and, for my money, the most surprising medley on the list. Panic! At The Disco have hit astronomical success with their latest releases, so dedicating any time at all in their live sets to older material seems somewhat counter intuitive. However, I give full props to the band for throwing it back to their emo beginnings because it's good stuff.

Granted, they only do three tracks, and it's only four minutes long, but nevertheless it's a four minutes which old school fans will forever appreciate. Time to grow that fringe again.
Biffy Clyro: Live @ Le Bataclan 25/09/18

Biffy Clyro live paris the bataclan

They say the sign of a good song is that it can be performed, and sound equally as good, acoustically. Whilst I'm not 100% on board with this statement, I do appreciate a good stripped down rendition, so when Biffy Clyro announced a tour in support of their new unplugged album, I wanted to pop along.

A quick train ride over to Paris brought me to the iconic venue known as Le Bataclan. It was an interesting experience entering this venue, after the horrific events a few years back, I have to confess to a small amount of unease on the initial walk down to the theatre, however this immediately dissipated after walking into the room and feeling the embrace of a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The gig itself had more a singalong celebration vibe to it rather than the rowdy rock n roll one Biffy usually bring with them. Surrounded by onstage foliage and the 18th century decor of le Bataclan, the trio jump straight into the heavy hitters with The Captain and Biblical. The lack of fuzz and ear splitting guitars is something that takes a little while to get used to, especially as the opening bars of Saturday Superhouse start up.

This intimate scenario does allow the band to dust off some more obscure tracks from their back catalogue, tracks such as Drop it and The Rain which fit the mood perfectly. Talking about fitting the mood perfectly, Ellipsis track Small Wishes is a personal highlight, with its oddly folksy arrangement and audience participation wolf howl moment hitting that perfect mix of ecstasy and hilarity.

We're also treated to some new tracks from the band, with the setlist featuring both A Different Kind of Love and Adored, the latter appearing on their forthcoming cinematic experiment Balance, Not Symmetry. However, its an older track which steals the show. Justboy, which appeared on their very first album, soars superbly this evening, triggering one of the loudest singalongs (in a night of singalongs) and descended a state of euphoria over yours truly.

All in all, its a night of celebration, the audience would have let the trio go on all night, and the scary thing is Biffy probably could have, such is their extensive catalogue of tracks. So Biffy can entertain both electrically and acoustically, I guess that makes them a pretty good band after all. Who knew!


The Captain
Saturday Superhouse
Drop It
Black Chandelier
As Dust Dances
Folding Stars
Different People
Different Kind of Love
The Rain
Small Wishes
Friends and Enemies
God & Satan
Many of Horror
Spotlight: Gender Roles

Gender Roles Band

*New favourite band klaxon*

Uh oh, you know what that sound means! It's time to introduce you to your new favourite band!

Gender Roles are a three piece band from Brighton who are making a bit of a stir in the UK rock scene. Having released two EPs so far, including the excellent Lazer Rush, the band are very much still in the beginnings of their career, but from what they've released so far, this is not a trio to sleep on.

With a sound entrenched in indie sensibilities whilst maintaining a punk attitude, Gender Roles are ideal for a house party playlist. Stick these guys tracks on amongst your indie disco favourites and they won't sound out of place.

About Her is a pop rock gem with a hook so contagious it should came with a health warning and Plastic is a garage rock anthem which will be polluting underground clubs for years to come.

So where can you catch these guys?

Well, they're set to tour the UK in support of Dinosaur Pile Up in November at the dates below, and then hopefully some new tunes later this year or in 2019.

23/11 - Leeds Church
24/11 - Glasgow Cathouse
27/11 - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
28/11 - Cardiff Globe
29/11 - Bristol Fleece
30/11 - Manchester Academy
01/12 - London Electric Ballroom

Impromptu Summer Break

Summertime palm tree

Oh dear. This is very unprofessional, isn't it?

In case you live anywhere other than the UK, you might not be aware of the spate of incredible weather Britain is experiencing currently. Instead of rainy evenings, cold winds and questionable excuses for "heatwaves" we've experienced an actual Summer with actual good weather.

This has in turn caused me to put down the laptop and go outside, meaning that unfortunately I haven't been updating this blog as much as I would like. 

The good news is, we've all had a nice time basking in the sunshine so most likely everybody browsing for music comment and updates are probably outside on a deck we're all good right?

Now, stuff has been happening since this break happened and I've been listening to a metric ton of music both new and old. So to compensate for these sparse content weeks, allow me to showcase a few of the tunes which have been accompanying me outside under the blue sky.

Add them to your BBQ playlist and be the envy of all your sunburnt mates.

Flight of the Conchords - The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)

^ Saw these guys at the Hammersmith Apollo a few weeks back and they were incredible.

twenty one pilots - Jumpsuit

Banger. Don't @ me.

The Last Shadow Puppets - Moonage Daydream (David Bowie Cover)

Alex Turner and The Sopranos are currently heavily influencing my dress sense. Vests and unbuttoned shirts all the way.

Kids See Ghosts - Feel The Love Ft. Pusha T

Kanye is GOAT.

Pendulum - The Island Part 1 (Skrillex Remix)

You're going to sit in the sun and NOT listen to this? Please.

Superorganism - SPRORGNSM

Great band.

Panic! At The Disco - King of the Clouds

Brendan Urie, man. This guy took this band further than anyone expected, AND STILL PUT OUT TUNES LIKE THIS. 

Al Green - Love and Happiness

Best performance ever?

Leonard Cohen - Memories

Leonard has a go at being a crooner. And its good stuff.