The art of choosing a band name is arbitrary and mysterious to those of us not actually in a band. But when you start poring over the various existing monikers, you start to see themes; no longer are they random assemblages of words. For instance, we recently examined the spate of unpreppy bands with very preppy band names.
Well, another recent pattern has emerged: decidedly nonviolent, non-scary bands with names evoking bloodshed, slaughter and monsters. Perhaps they conceived of such names to teach us all an overt you-can't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover lesson. Or maybe they just wanted to to trick members of the coveted death-metal demographic into checking out their Myspace page. Ha ha, just kidding. No one uses Myspace anymore.
1. Surfer Blood (We're assuming the blood is from a shark attack, right? If it's just from rocks, please disregard.)
2. Vampire Weekend (We know vampires have ditched their capes for modern things such as Cajun accents and smoky eyes, but we're pretty sure cardigans and boat shoes haven't infiltrated the neo-vampire subculture yet.)
3. The Kills
5. Cults (If this band were actually a cult, it would probably just involve rompers and vinyl records. Wait a minute, that sounds a lot like the Manson Family.)
7. The Rapture (The four horsemen don't listen to disco-inflected rock. They listen to Bieber.)
8. Arcade Fire (Pac-Man burning alive? That's some dark s***.)
9. The Civil Wars (One civil war--singular--is bad enough.)
12. A Place to Bury Strangers (A Place to Bury Casual Acquaintances just doesn't have the same ring to it.)
14. Wild Beasts
15. Grizzly Bear
16. Deerhunter (Doesn't get much more evil than killing Bambi.)
18. Wolf Parade ("Aw, look at those wolves doing high kicks on that parade float, how cute!" ...is EXACTLY the point at which they strike.)
19. The Dead Weather (see also: The Airborne Toxic Event)