Trends in Band Names: Crystals In, Animals Out

A couple of years back, bands were all about animal names: Animal Collective, Frog Eyes, Grizzly Bear, Arctic Monkeys, Deerhoof, Deerhunter.

Then there were all of those canis lupus-inspired names: Wolf Parade, We Are Wolves, Wolfmother, Wolf Eyes, Wolf & Cub, and AIDS Wolf.

Now, in late ’08, it seems crystal is all the rage.

Crystal, you ask? Yeah, I don’t get it either.

And yet here they all are: Crystal Castles, Crystal Pistol, Crystal Skulls, Crystal Antlers, Crystal Abyss, Crystal Stilts, Crystal Arcade, Crystal Eyes, Crystal Fighters. And on and on and on…

So, just how does this happen? Does a self-appointed artist collective of uber-hipsters and aspiring Pitchfork writers meet up at a loft in Williamsburg to coin the band name meme du jour? Or is there, perhaps, some deeper pseudo-psychical kinship between all things Swarovski and the zeitgeist of 2008?

Either way, I ain’t feelin’ it. Next!

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One thought on “Trends in Band Names: Crystals In, Animals Out

  1. crystal

    Have you even heard any of these bands? i thought not. So what’s the basis of this article? Are you saying we should choose to like a band based on their name? Isn’t that a bit shallow? Are you yet another failed musician turned critic or yet another blogger with a false sense relevance?


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