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Does same name matter???

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

  1. 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


    Jun 12, 2011
    Bowling Green, KY
    I practice a lot but still suck.
    You could open for the other band with the same name (or have them open for you). Those flyers would be awesome.
  3. pushbuttonfour


    Dec 20, 2012
    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

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


    Dec 23, 2012
    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. Yes, look for another name.
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    +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

    Apr 15, 2013
    Change your name to any of the following:

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

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    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 Supporting Member

    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!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal

    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


    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
    How about "Not so distant and not so early suggestion?"
  13. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth The Gypsy Bravado

    Apr 20, 2013
    How about "The Body Electric"? Wear Spandex
  14. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    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


    Jan 25, 2011
    S.E. Mo
    Use the name "D.E.W line". The name of the actual Distant Early Warning radar chain that was in use
  16. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    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. 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
  18. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

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

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    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


    Sep 26, 2002
    This is my thought too. I want bandname.com not bandnamebandnortheastusamusic.com