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Opening bands that change their name on you

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by SnowCal, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Playing a show in a couple weeks and the opening band is doing it's debut so we figured 'cool, they'll draw all their friends'.

    Unfortunately they just decided that their name wasn't original enough so they changed it. Which means we need to fix all the fliers and show listings and stuff.

    What's worse is that their new name is genuinely awful. Hurt turnout bad. Their's and our's. We'd have a bigger crowd if they renamed themselves 'The Shoes' or 'Fetal Kick' or 'Feedback' or 'Tennis Club'. 'Stroganoff' would probably be better.

    So, I'm feeling pretty unmotivated to fix the bill right now. Is that reasonable? Would you?
  2. 4Banger4


    Mar 21, 2011
    Indianapolis IN
    No way. I wouldn't change the flier unless you think they would draw a large crowd... but they just changed their name so no ones going to know who they are anyway... I'd leave it.
  3. bolophonic

    bolophonic SUSPENDED

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    No way would I re-do the flyer in a situation like that. I'd update the Facebook page, maybe.
  4. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    It's really up to them. If they want their new name on they flyers, let them pay for them.
  5. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    I personally would not go to a lot of trouble. Once you have got rid of all the original handbills, then think about making a new one with their new name. As far as their new name being lousy or dumb, what's new? Most bar band names stink.
  6. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
  7. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    I agree, it was their decision to change the name so any changes to promo materials that would cost money are on their dime.

    If they're starting out as indecisive and unprofessional as this, I doubt they're destined for a very long life on the scene anyway.

    The lameness of the new name they've chosen is actually the bigger issue. Especially if it could legitimately affect turnout and if you're playing for the door.

    This is one of the biggest reasons (among several) why I much prefer to be the only band on the bill on any given night.
  8. boynamedsuse

    boynamedsuse Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    No apostrophes needed.

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  9. Cool. Then the flier stays.

    This is originals, btw, not covers.

    But yeah, it's not really about the hassle of remaking the flier. It's more of a 'your new name is awful and it's gonna hurt turnout'. I'd be up for fixing the flier if that weren't the case. But I have no motivation to do that work if it's just gonna hurt turnout.
  10. Mr. Sound

    Mr. Sound Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    Check the spelling of your own band's name.. If that's right, sit back, knock the top off a stubby, put your feet up on the esky, turn on the cricket and relax! (you may have to move to Aus to do this)

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  11. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Awful names dont hurt turnouts. People show up to see the bands they know.
    Awful bands hurt turnouts.
  12. Oh sure they do. Names matter inasmuch as they need to not utterly suck.

    There's a venue here that only does shows but also has its own draw. A lot of local bands use it as a test for names. 'If X band that you've never heard before was playing would you go see them?' Your name doesn't have to be great to pass that test. Most do. But this band's new name is on the opposite end of the spectrum. It sounds like a decent name for a low caliber reggae tribute band. Which is bad for our billing.

    Because I know that I'm not the only person that looks at a bill and says 'I'd like to see these guys but that sounds terrible'.
  13. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY

    lemme guess...........is it The Mob Barley Experience? :D
  14. I wish. No, the name actually makes me think of Ziggy Marley, his kid. Not good. They won't even accidentally draw the reggae crowd.
  15. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I just read this whole thread without learning the good or bad name of the opening band, or the name of the featured band.

    What a waste of time.
  16. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    The opening band's bassist might be on TB so thats why the OP wouldnt want to name names. Which I can totally understand.
  17. Stardust Ziggy?
  18. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I disagre. There are a lot of bands out there with names that suck, who can still draw well.
    An awful name might turn off someone who has never seen the band before, but there are a lot of people not interested in bands theyve never heard before simply because they havent heard of them.

    'If X band that you've never heard before was playing would you go see them?'

    No. Whether their name is great or not doesnt matter, Ive never heard of them. A great name doesnt inspire me to see a band, and a bad one doesnt deter me.

    If your premise were true, then no band with an awful name would have ever made it, and there are plenty of bands with awful names who have.
  19. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Have some fun with it. When you guys introduce them, say something like.....We were planning to have {original band name} here to play for you tonight, but their drummer couldn't make bail. But we were lucky enough to get {new, but sucky band name} to fill in on short notice. Besides, these guys are waaaay better than {original name}, so kick back and enjoy {new, but sucky band name}
  20. Update the Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, whatever your venue is, and make a public announcement on your social media sites that the name has changed but the songs remain the same. As far as re-flyering, if they're already out and distributed, forget about it. I'd change it if you were at the proof stage or only had so many done already, but at this point it would be an expensive choice without any real reward for the cost.