So, if you’re a musician who’s going through the tediuos, tiring process of picking a name for your band, dont fret… Phil Elverum is here to help you.
The name-crafter behind many bands such as The Microphones, Mount Eerie and others has just recently announced (in all seriousness), that for a modest fee of $35, he will name your band! This may seem like a joke, and maybe it’s just a silly and awesome way for Elverum to create a little talk, but in all seriousenss this artist is completely confident when he says that he he can help create a name for your band. In an article on Stereogum, amidst musical success in the indie scene, Elverum is ready to dive into some other aspects of music including this DIY endeavor of band-naming.
Check out what Elverum had to say in a blog regarding his latest “business plan” (via Stereogum):
“For a fee of $35 USD I, Phil Elverum, will name your band.
All payments must be made up front via the paypal button below.
While you will most likely be disappointed with the name that I choose, you are not required to use it for your band. Still no refunds.
Also, if your band already has a name, you are free to use the name for something or someone else. It is yours.
You can provide contextual information about the band being named if you wish, although I will not necessarily go super deep into researching you and what your deal is. I might though.
I will provide a certificate of authenticity, proving that you are the rightful owner of this name in perpetuity. You can frame it and hang it in the practice space if you wish.”
Is it a joke? Of course, but I’ll still do it!
Is $35 “too much”? One cent would be too much if you ask me. This is a ridiculous thing. But still I’ll do it, because you can’t put a price on awesome. Plus, what if your band becomes super popular? Then $35 is nothing. That’s one arena-show tank top you know you buy as a “souvenir” for that significant other. And maybe it was my band name that put you in that position. Is capitalism fucked up? Definitely. Is Phil Elverum a legend? You decide.
Phil Elverum is a multi-talented musician whos strengths include visual art, songwriting and producing. He has had critical acclaim with several projects, most noteably for musical act The Microphones.