If you can’t judge a book by its cover, then how can you judge a band by its name? Peculiar, profane, strange and whimsical, Indie rock bands are going crazy inventive with their names. The more you think of them, the less sense they make. And yet, each name has a fun story to it that we, so far, haven’t been privy to. We decided to delve a little deeper and find out why these bands are named the way they are. Here are 7 bands that, regardless of their fine musical quality, have the strangest names on record.  

Goddess Gagged

01 Goggess-Gagged

Formed in 2008, this five-piece progressive rock band comprises Arman Menzies on guitar, Jeremy D’souza on drums, Krishna on bass, Dayal on guitar and vocals, and Siddharth Basrur on vocals. Band member Krishna chose the name as a tribute to the song Goddess Gagged by the Canadian metal band, Protest the Hero.  


02 Petrichor

Petrichor is the pleasant smell that the earth emanates after the first rains of the season. “We’re all about smelling good,” jokes drummer Ajit Singh. Petrichor is a progressive metal band from Mumbai, which was formed in 2011 and has been rocking the Indie music scene since.  

Bhayanak Maut

03 Bhayanak Maut

Talk about random. This rock band, which has been rocking the indie scene for a while now, decided on their band name after being inspired from a Ramsay Brothers horror movie. Bhayanak means terrible in Hindi and maut means death.   Like this article? Also read: Pop Quiz: Can You Guess The Michael Jackson Song  

Punk On Toast

04 Punk on toast

Doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out. This high-on-punk act decided to change the popular phrase ‘sex on toast’ to ‘punk on toast’ to fit their brand of music in their band name. Smart.  


05 Shkabang

“We wanted a name that bounced, something that didn’t classify the band in a genre. Something that wasn’t too serious,” says Anushka Manchanda from electro-pop act Shkabang, which also includes Shiraz Bhattacharya, Pozy Dhar and Papal Mane.  

The Ska Vengers

06 The Ska Vengers

This dance/ska band was formed in 2009 and has been raking up a storm ever since. The name is a witty take of two things, incorporating their genre of music, ska, and also punning on the term ‘scavengers’.  

Imphal Talkies

07 Imphal Talkies

One of the most exciting acts to have come out of North-East in the last few years, this band from Manipal channels acts like Bob Dylan with aplomb. Vocalist and guitarist Akhu Chingangbam says that he spent a lot of time at a theatre in Imphal known as Imphal Talkies. “The theatre only screened adult films and adapting that name added a protest feel to it.”


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