1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TalkBass iphone/android app is NOT WORKING currently. We're working on it. Tapatalk IS working, so if you need to use an app, use Tapatalk. Try using your browser though - TalkBass is now 100% responsive to your phone/tablet screen size ;)

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

Does same name matter???

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by thesearchbass98, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. thesearchbass98

    thesearchbass98

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    My cover/original band wants to change its name to Distant Early Warning but are wondering if it matters that there is a Rush tribute band with the same name. Should we look for another name or just no worry about it ?
  2. TomCHunley

    TomCHunley

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    You could open for the other band with the same name (or have them open for you). Those flyers would be awesome.
  3. pushbuttonfour

    pushbuttonfour

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    is the other band in the same area as you? are they on itunes? If the answer is no to both of these questions, then I don't think it matters.
  4. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2002
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you know there is another band with the same name, pick a different name. It's a simple decision IMO.
  5. tomnomnom91

    tomnomnom91

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    Personally, if I knew of any band who already had a name I was considering using, I'd try and think of something else. If you name your band then find another with the same name later, that's different.
  6. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2011
    Likes Received:
    3
    Yes, look for another name.
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Likes Received:
    1
    +1. It's unlikely to REALLY matter unless you find yourselves playing in the same market, but if you've already found out about the other band, just save the trouble and pick something different.
  8. Space Pickle

    Space Pickle

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2013
    Likes Received:
    3
    Change your name to any of the following:

    Tactical Air Command
    Strategic Defense Initiative
    Goddard Space Center
  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    Likes Received:
    9
    Plus, people who come out to see a band with that name would be expecting...


    (wait for it)










    ...a Rush Tribute Band.
  10. scabpicker

    scabpicker

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've got a similar problem with my current band, but we're not named after another band's song. While we aren't playing outside of the area, it isn't a problem, the other bands are all local as well. But mellowman is right, unless you're a prog rock band, you're going to disappoint some Rush fans with that name.

    Here's some more cold war suggestions:

    Ivy Mike
    Castle Bravo
    Trinity Test
    Daigo Fukuryū Maru
    Tsar Bomba
    Operation Argus

    (and my favorite, because the idea was nuts)
    Operation Plowshare
  11. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    +1

    I always saw the point of naming ones band as creating a brand.

    If I came up with a new laundry detergent, Id not want to call it 'Tide' as that brand already exists.

    It sucks at times. I had a name for a band that I really liked 'Cain Enabler', but decided not to use it after I found a band called 'The Cain Enablers', even though they were from a different region and, seemingly, not that big a band.
  12. T-MOST

    T-MOST Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2004
    Likes Received:
    0
    How about "Not so distant and not so early suggestion?"
  13. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    How about "The Body Electric"? Wear Spandex
  14. fastplant

    fastplant

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2002
    Likes Received:
    0
    Whenever I'm naming a band I do exhaustive research on-line to make sure no one else has that name, anywhere. Maybe it's just me, but I like to know that my band's name is unique. And that's aside from any other issues that could arise from that (which I've also run into in the past).
  15. tgriley62

    tgriley62

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    Use the name "D.E.W line". The name of the actual Distant Early Warning radar chain that was in use
  16. INTP

    INTP

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2003
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd want the band name to be unique.

    I also agree that if I saw Distant Early Warning as a band name, I'd expect it to be a Rush tribute band.
  17. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    Do you cover a lot of Rush?
    Even if you do I wouldn't use a name that another band was already using, especially in the same area.
    If you do want a Rush themed name there are many others you could come up with.
    Red Sector A
    The Analog Kids
    New World Men
    Etc......
  18. mellowinman

    mellowinman

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    Likes Received:
    9
    Tom's Sawyer
    Tom's Lawyer
    Working Men
    Spirits of Radio
    By-Tor and the Snow Dogs
    The Neck Romancers
    The Gary Weintraub Experience
    Helium
  19. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'll take a slightly different tact than many here. The interweb has made it possible to check a potential band name against every other band IN THE WORLD to see if someone else is using it. If you're talking about two cover bands in vastly different markets, then I really wouldn't be to concerned about it. If any of the acts are touring, or have a large regional or national following, then I'd suggest something else.

    Honestly, I'd be more worried about the conflict if the other band has already taken the obvious website of Facebook page, making searching for a similar-named band difficult.
  20. fastplant

    fastplant

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2002
    Likes Received:
    0
    This is my thought too. I want bandname.com not bandnamebandnortheastusamusic.com

Share This Page