I'm in New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon this week. With all of the panels, music performances, parties, films, and events going on, it's hard to decide what to do amid all of these choices. One of the first things that I did today was scan through the extensive list of participating artists in an attempt to figure out who was worth my attention. As I did this, I noticed some interesting trends in band names. Whereas a few years back it seemed that all of the hot bands had "wolf" in their name; 2009 is all about letters, family, death, and the color black.
Here are the top band name trends this year at CMJ:
Letters One of the most buzzed about shows this week includes a performance by The xx, so it should come as no surprise that one of the biggest band name trends this year revolves around letters of the alphabet. Letter bands this year at CMJ include:
UUVVWWZ xx zZz Zs K-Holes
In a Family Way... A bunch of bands also played around with generational themes, including:
Grandchildren Frat Dad (perhaps my favorite band name this year) Mother of Three Family of the Year Papa We're Pregnant
Death Death is always a favorite for musicians. Here are some death-themed names at CMJ this year:
Dead Heart Bloom Dead Leaf Echo Dead Sexy Inc. Dead Stars Deadbeat Darling Die! Die! Die! Kill Kill Kill Kill Krinkle Club We Should be Dead
Black Along those same dark lines, black is another popular word showing up in band names:
Black & White Years Black Cherry Black Diamond Bay Black Holes The Black Hollies Black Swan Green BLACK TAXI Black Tie Party the black watch Black Whales Cruel Black Dove Small Black Soft Black
We are.... Most surprising to me was the number of band names beginning with the phrase "We are..." I wonder why?
We are Country Mice We are Enfant Terrible We are the World We are Wolves
Stay tuned. In the coming days I'll be posting recaps of various panels and performances that I attended at CMJ this year.