Sound Advice - What's the Best Way to Come Up with a Band Name? / by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

This is FWN's 'Dear Abby' column: musicians send us questions, we post them with answers and a fun made-up pseudonym.


Dear FWN,

Just formed a new band but we are seriously struggling to come up with a solid band name. What's the best way to come up with a band name?


Mic McAwesometown


Hi Mic,

Great question. Like most things in life there are two ways to approach this common band conundrum: the easy way, and the hard way. 

The easy way is, well, it's easy. There are many band name generator websites out there that are capable of providing ass-kicking band names in a matter of nanoseconds.

Try - I did, just now. I typed in the word Wolf and voila! Insta-results included Wolf Steak, Tax of the Wolf Cabbage, Wolf Spouse, Wolf Pasta & Unborn Wolf of the Edible Tomorrow.

The hard way involves much more preparation and dedication. As it were, this advice column aims to please so I will break it down into 5 simple steps:

1. Procure enough Peyote for the entire band to get comfortably shit-wasted.

2. Procure reliable vehicle that can make the drive out to the West Texas desert.

3. Fast for three days prior to making the trip.

4. Upon arrival, find the most desolate location imaginable and consume said Peyote.

5. Just wait for it.

Hope this helps Mic, appreciate the question.

Regretfully yours,



about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”