Lions And Tigers And Bearfighters, Oh My!

It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers.

If Rocks Off had a nickel for every time we were compared to Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz we would definitely be wondering how we went from wanting to be an astronaut to such a strange occupation. All joking aside, it an avid reader pointed out that we had done already deconstructed The Lions of Tsavo and This Year's Tiger.

The only thing left to complete the Oz trifecta was to find a band with the word "bear" in the title.

As fate would have it, this Friday Walter's will host a metal band from Lafayette, La., called Bearfighter. Honestly, it's like there's some kind of weird god of hacks who smiles down upon us. In describing Bearfighter we first give them their props for naming a song after the best line in the movie Hook, "Looky looky, I got Hooky."

If you didn't like that film, we refuse to believe you exist.

The rest of our description hangs on words like "guttural," "pounding," "angry," and at least three variations of the word "metal." It's the kind of music you listen when brain damage can only be an improvement. It's the kind of music you pull off sick stunts to. It's the kind of music you're forced to stop listening to when you get married. It's also damn catchy.

That name though... Bearfighter?

Is that a bear who is a fighter like in Kung Fu Panda, or is it some idiot who thinks they're Zangief from Street Fighter and they can fight bears? One is awesome, the other is an unfortunate mess that some park ranger definitely was not looking forward to when he put on that jaunty hat in the morning. Regardless, bearfighting is bloody, dangerous, and a practice that probably still gives Darwin wood in his grave.

The only way to clear up this mishmash of misinformation was to pose as a scarecrow on the path to Houston and waylay Destin Ortego as he skipped along I-10.

"Bearfighter came from a friend of ours in another Louisiana local band called Conquer the Throne," Ortego said. "His dog's name was Bearfighter. One of our members jokingly suggested calling ourselves that and it just kind of stuck. It represents the style and hard-rock sound that we aim for."

A dog? They named their band after a dog... admittedly the coolest name for a dog we've ever heard, but still, a dog? Well, if it was good enough for Indiana Jones I suppose it should be good enough for a group of gifted growlers from neighboring Louisiana. Wait a minute? Do they even have bears in Louisiana?

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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