Brett came up with the name and it’s our favorite. I know there will be haters, but that’s partially why we picked it. We’re kind of punk rock, dude. But we decided on the one that makes US laugh.
There were lots of great suggestions for band names. Many clever ones! Thanks so much for your kick-ass ideas! It was almost impossible to choose.
So here’s my thinking. I’m coming from the perspective of new people finding out about this music. Lots of exciting things are happening behind the scenes, and I’m about to make my opus. My masterpiece. There will be lots of new people who will be turned on to The Merrittcle for the first time.
Here’s how I find out about bands. A friend with something resembling musical taste says, “DUDE. Have you heard of Glowing Pee Puddle?” Or whatever. And I say “No…wait maybe. I don’t know or care.” And they say “listen to this.” And I’m like, “Wow, this is super duper.” And then a few hours later, I forgot their name, and I have the same conversation ten times and actually LISTEN to Glowing Pee Puddle a couple YEARS later. (That’s the time scale. It’s bizarre. We live in a phase where the only music presented to us publicly is basically fart noises, and so you actually have to make some brain effort to find new music. We trust old bands we already know, like Wilco. We hate new bands, we hate young bands, and we don’t want to sit and listen to their shitty myspace page even if our friend swears by them. It requires a few listens, and getting into their little universe, and questioning our biases, and who has the time when you can have instant, self-affirming satisfaction in so many other places?)
It also retains the Chris Merritt name. People will be curious to check out past Chris Merritt albums. And yet, it implies a band, a group, a brand. It’s a little movement.
Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls is unique. There are so many bands out there called “Gigglehouse” or “Jump Fox Fall” or whatever. Chris Merritt And The The Dirty Girls is a mouthful, but just enough to be interesting. And it’s ironically light and cheesey. It sounds like a ska band, contrasting the name with the actual music, which will be the most deep, epic, pretty Merritt music ever, with lyrics about hard science and shit.
But mostly it just makes me laugh. Especially when people find out the band has no girls but only grown men. It’s our way of standing out a bit and giving the world the finger.
OK, I started this post to tell you about how excited I am about this record I’m starting, and then I started rambling about the name! It’s gonna be BIG, folks. Big and awesome. I’ll tell you more details tomorrow! Start telling your friends about Chris Merritt. We’re going to get this thing HUGE folks!