Portland's blistering and triumphant rockers Gaytheist can't get mentioned on a blog without the writer first saying how they love or hate the punny name. It's been called "awesome," "juvenile," and "the best band name ever." A few months ago, Vice.com premiered the Gaytheist song "Stampede of Savings" (which is blazing and great, by the way) and admitted the only reason they'd listened to Gaytheist in the first place was because of the name.
"I'm a gay atheist," says the band's singer, Jason Rivera. "The second or third time we came up to Seattle, we had made friends with Monogamy Party, and [their drummer] Keith was like, 'I know a couple people who are pissed about your name because you guys are called Gaytheist, but none of you are gay.' [My bandmates] Nick and Tim start laughing and said, 'Jason's as gay as it comes!'"
Before they play the Comet this Saturday, Rivera (the guy in the middle) took a break during his day job to chat with me about the good, the bad, and the poopy.
Let's play a game. I'm going to read you a real band name, and then you can give your expert opinion on whether it's good or bad. Are you ready?
Sure, go ahead.
[Laughs] It's definitely got the shock factor. That's, like, the next level of Anal Cunt.
How about Snow White's Poison Bite?
That straddles that line of emo band names that are dreadful, like Taking Back Sunday.
And And And.
Oh, that's a good one!
The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die.
Oh my god. Wow. [Laughs] Sigh.
I love Monogamy Party. It's clever. A monogamy party would be the most boring party in the universe, and then you go see them and are like, "Okay, that was total crazy punk sex!"
I'm always into the ridiculous cuss word and then "hammer."
[Laughs] Poop Attack! I've never heard that. I love it.
Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
I guess I thought that name was funny when I heard it when I was 16. I saw them open for Fishbone, and they had a giant penis bicycle that shot glitter on the audience.
God, I hate that name. I just hate it. There are just certain names that... ugh.