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Name change = bad idea?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by venturabass, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. My band has been going for about a year and a half now, and we've had a name for about a year. We've played some small gigs, not too many but a decent amount. However, our band has wanted to change our name pretty much since the first gig. People who come to our shows say stuff like: "You guys are good, but your name is just aweful", etc. We have a big gig coming up, and we know we have to change our name before then. But my question is, should we change our name? We hate it but it is somewhat unique and a lot of people know us by it. :confused:
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Change it.
  3. Step


    Feb 20, 2008
    what's the name


    change it if people tell you to
  4. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Until you've got that first CD out you can call yourselves anything-just make sure you are replacing it with something better than what you have.
  5. Okay as long as you haven't been hitting large venues name changes to owners means different band in my experience. And you may start from scratch again trying to kick down the doors with lower end of the pay scale. Lastly since you are good and you name is awful people are remembering you so it may no be a bad thing in the long run to keep the name
    I know people in this band coheed and cambria not a great name but, most people know who they are heck, before that they were named Shabütie???? Claudio writes comic books but he isn't good with names lol just kidding guys you rock! by the way Travis I would have kept Toxic Parents that was a killer name RTS
  6. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    My friends band just changed their name. Mainly because there is already a band called Messenger and they have CDs released and whatnot... they've been playing under that name since last summer. What did they change their name to? Rose of Four. I think the new name sucks ass. I suggested they go with The Messengers as to not entirely throw off their previous identity. Anything but Rose of Four.
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Since you're still not quite widely known, now is the time to change the name--especially since audience members have been saying the current name blows. This upcoming "big gig" is a perfect opportunity to establish yourselves with a new cooler name.
  8. maybe build a name change contest element into the big gig.....
  9. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    change it... start with available URLs take your time and do it right
  10. pbass-pbass


    Nov 19, 2009
    It took my band six months to settle on a name. We had written an entire set and the only thing that held us back was deciding on a name.
    We're glad we waited. Our final idea was the best of all of the other ideas we had.

    I like Mr Campbell's idea.
  11. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Change the name asap. I was stuck in a good band with an awful name years ago and there is nothing worse than working your tail off, knowing you sound good, then cringing when you have to tell people the name of your band.

    Funny, kinda related story:

    Some guy came on here looking for new names for his band and saw a list of absurd names I jokingly spewed out in a thread a couple of years ago and picked one of them! I dont remember exactly what he picked but I was just joking around. So with that in mind, my suggestion for your new band name:

    Spanky McButtnuggets and the flesh balloons
  12. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
    "Closed for Remodeling"
  13. Goatee220

    Goatee220 Bassist/Photographer/Goalie Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Spring City, PA
    I'm the same exact situation right now - good band, bad name. I can't believe what a pain it is to get 5 people to all agree on a name.
  14. Thanks for the suggestions.

    We've been undecided about what to do, but we've been trying to think of a good name, although without much success. It's hard enough to come up with a good name, much less to then get five people to agree on it.
  15. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    We went through this with low pressure for about 10 weeks.. just everytime we'd get together we'd throw out more.. circulate lists..

    I was the toughest to convince as I didn't want any bands to have the same name and wanted the web url to be straight forward.

    Most bands have "funkychicken_the-Band" etc as a name vs "FunkyChicken.com"

    It is golden when you go into book and your web address is a primary URL>

  16. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    How did we do it..

    Went for weeks ciruclating names..

    WE got very close.. had a general theme we'd go with.

    Late night I went onto the Internic website to see what names had reservations.. the minute I found one that wasn't taken on Facebook, Myspace or as a URL.. I immediately sent in MY $50 to reserve the name.

    I then had the logo done.. set up an initial Myspace.. pointed the URL there.


    Went to the band.. intorduced the name .. web address and logo.

    They all thought it was their idea... since the hard work was done they accepted and moved forward...
  17. Warfender


    Oct 25, 2009
    We just did this. It isn't that big of a deal especially if you have good contact with your clients. We just tell them we changed our name and to advertise us under the new name with a formally known as "@#$%$%^%$". After several gigs you can drop the formally known as bit. Leave your old myspace or site and direct to the new site and explain the name change.
  18. Jehos

    Jehos Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    DFW, TX
    Just went through this with my band. We were called Trio Loco, which was really bad since we're a 4-piece doing 80's to current rock covers. Everybody thought we were a Tejano 3-piece.

    We couldn't figure out how to pick a name since everybody had different ideas. What we did was everybody made a list of 5 names they liked. We put all 20 names into an e-mail, and everybody got to veto two names, no questions asked. If you don't like it, it's off the list. That got us down to 12 names, so we did the veto thing again with another 2 names. That brought the list down to 4.

    We sat down before a gig with the final list of 4 and talked through them, making a case for why each name was good or bad. At the end of that talk, which only took about 20 minutes, we had picked one.

    Now we're called Rule 17. It's not a great name, but we're a local cover band. We don't need a great name, just a serviceable one.
  19. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    Rule 17... I kind of like it.

    Totally stupid question...
    When www.Rule17.com is still available why didn't someone put down $15 to nab it?


    Rule 17..
    THis reminds me of living in the frat.. We had house rules on the wall.

    A new cute girl would show up.. we'd ask "Have you complied with Rule 17?" I won't go into the Rule 17 deals.. but it was a amazing how many would ask follow questions.

  20. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    So, what was Rule 17?

    All ladies to enter the premises must remove of all underclothing?
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