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.
I can't really describe Bradley Munoz and his hard, throbbing electronica act P.L.X.T.X. better than my pal Jeremy Hart did over at Space City Rock:
If your "music" absolutely must have melodies and sweetly-sung vocals and nice, clean production, well, you're going to want to stay far, far the fuck away from P.L.X.T.X
Of course, Hart is wrong a bit. "Thousand Eyes Stare" up there clearly has a melody. It's just that unless you've spent a significant amount of time listening to music that sounds like three schizophrenics raping a running dishwasher while the theme from Mega Man 2 plays in the background you might not be able to catch it. Regardless, it's great stuff.
But that name...
According to the Facebook you pronounce P.L.X.T.X. as Pluto, so it makes me wonder why Munoz is a being such a dick with the formatting? You know how annoying it is to type stuff like this out over the course of an article? I don't write stories on B L A C K I E anymore just for the simple reason that I hate playing leapfrog with the damn shift key and space bar, but at least he didn't look at the three vowels in his name and say, "You fuckers are gone. I'm hiring X to do the work of you three for half the price because he's in this country illegally."
I mean, I assume that that was the conversation Munoz's had with his letters because I assume that anyone that makes music like he does is nuttier than Dumbo's bowel movements. And guesswork is all we have to go on. What am I supposed to do? Ask him?
Ed. Note: That would be nice, yes. Do that or I'll put you back on overly cheerful teen pop star duty.
Fine, I'll ask him. Yo! Munoz? What's up with your weird-ass name, brah?
"I came up with P.L.X.T.X. by 'X' out the vowels in Pluto," said Munoz. "I wanted it to stand out in Google searches and in general. There are a lot of bands named Pluto so I wanted my 'Pluto' to stand out. It just looks cool."
"But what does is it all mean?" I asked.
"Liberation from everyone and everything."
Industrial guys are weird.
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P.L.X.T.X. (n) 1. A Roman god. 2. Slightly mad industrial music. 3. A dwarf planet...
"Pluto is still a planet," Munoz interrupted. "I don't care what NASA says... it's not a dwarf planet."
We do not argue with Neil DeGrasse Tyson in this column, sir.
P.L.X.T.X. plays Saturday, September 1 at Dean's with Killer Kill, Moths, and Giant Battle Monster.