Houston Music

Houston's 10 Best Band Names

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An end-of-times surf band in an out-of-surf city.

Kinda reminds me of Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld from South Park, and that’s never a bad thing. These guys are purely instrumental, and are about as haunting an instrumental outfit as you’ll find in Texas. And just in time for Halloween!

Don't show up at a Funeral Horse gig expecting "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” This three-piece is telling you before front man Walter Carlos ever strums a single note that you're in for something heavy. The band has to be the truth in advertising champion of Houston music; consider a horse-drawn carriage, loaded down with earthly remains, plodding through the streets. You're not envisioning a white stallion, are you? Both horse and music are dark as a week's worth of midnights, rippling with muscle, teeming with rumbling power and majestic beauty. It's a reminder that we'll all one day be reduced to a casket of bones, but for now have the capacity to roar.

Nothing says Texas more unequivocally than this band’s name.

This is an excellent opportunity to plug Jealous Creatures’ brilliant album from last year, The Night Goes On For Days, and tomorrow night’s gig at the Nightingale Room with the aforementioned Giant Kitty. That said, the Creatures' songs are so cleverly designed to soothe bruised psyches that the record emanates from under a pall of suspicion, acknowledging humans will give in to their baser instincts with little to no warning. However, it also refrains from judgment by admitting that we're all equally guilty.

The mongrel Spanglish of the name Los Skarnales is not only emblematic of the ska-reggae-punk-cumbia music that this veteran band produces, it's also emblematic of the city of Houston itself. In just two little words, this band name captures the hyperdiverse musical morass that these great musicians are steeped in.

The name originates from Homer Simpson's snowplow business, and any time you hear it, the jingle pops in your head. These Houston stoner-rockers took it as a name and ran with it in the late '90s. The Plow has recently been playing a few shows around town, like Brash Brewery's First Anniversary; rumor has it the band is getting back into the studio soon to record some new tracks.

Written by Jack Gorman, Chris Gray, Clint Hale, Tex Kerschen, Jesse Sendejas Jr. and Katie Sullivan
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