We all have our favorite bands, but we don’t always know how these bands names came to be. Inspiration can be pulled from anything and everything, especially when it comes to media and literature. Here are a few bands who did just that when deciding on their name.
1. Bring me the Horizon
Bring me the Horizon formed in 2004 in the UK. From an interview with frontman Oliver Sykes we learn that the name is a take on a line from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Sykes went on to say ““Right at the end of the film — it might even be the very last line — Johnny Depp says, ‘Bring me that horizon.’ That was really inspiring. I was still living with my parents in Sheffield, England, when the movie came out [in 2003]. For me and the band, playing music was always wrapped up with the idea of touring and traveling and seeing the rest of England and the rest of the world.”
2. All Time Low
All Time Low is a band we all know and love. One thing people may not know is that their band name comes from a fellow rock group. Straight from the word of New Found Glory’s song “Head on Collision”, All Time Low found their name. The lyric reads, “And it feels like in at an all-time low slightly bruised and broken from our head on collision.”
3. The Story So Far
Following the same path as All Time Low, The Story So Far also fund their name from a New Found Glory song. This time the name isn’t lying in the midst of a song. The Story So Far took their name from the New Found Glory song titled…well… “The Story So Far”.
4. My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance is a New Jersey born band, that has grown to be a mascot and icon for the punk music scene. This bands name came from the book Three Tales of Chemical Romance by Irvine Welsh. The story behind how they found this book and the name came to be is kind of funny. Mikey Way, guitarist and younger brother to front man Gerard Way, was working in the bookstore Barnes and Noble at the time, when this book caught his eye. Gerard Way suggested the word “My” for the beginning of their name and the rest is history.
5. The Misfits
While this band has a dark and creepy aesthetic, the origin of the bands name isn’t as dark as some may think. This Jersey grown bands name is a simple story, it was named after Marilyn Monroe’s final film The Misfits. It seems like there should be more of a story to the name but there isn’t, the name just stuck.
6. Of Mice & Men
With the name of this band originating from the classic book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the story behind how, and why, the name came to be is very inspiring. From an interview with Austin Carlile we learn the real reasoning behind the name. Carlile says, “The book Of Mice and Men says ‘the well laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’ You make plans, and they get screwed up. Jaxin Hall and I both had plans for life, and they both got screwed up, so now we’re making the most of what we can.”
7. Save Ferris
It would be wrong of me to not do this, “Bueller? Buller? Bueller? Anyone?” No? Okay, well, band gets its name from the classic 1980s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Throughout the film leading man Ferris Bueller has convinced his classmates he is really sick and they all walk around saying “Save Ferris”, and thus Save Ferris found their name.
“You’re still here? It’s over, go home. Go.”