20 of the Longest Band Names Ever

With so many bands in existence, creating a catchy band name without infringing on someone else’s copyright is difficult. However, some bands have managed to keep it original with such long band names that you lose track of whether it’s the band name or a song title!

Despite the norm, long band names are slowly becoming more and more popular, however, there are some with names so long you simply lose track when you try to read them.

Let’s look at the 20 longest band names.

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1. The Powers of Darkness Shall Rain Blood Upon This City for 500 Years (Characters 68, Words: 13)

The first band on the list is The Powers of Darkness Shall Rain Blood Upon This City for 500 Years with a whopping 68 character name! Sadly, not much info about the band online, apart from a few songs that you can listen to, but not much general info.

The members are Travis Nakamura on drums, Cindy on keyboards, TJ on vocals, and Thomas Cowgill on guitar and vocals. There is some commentary that the band is very energetic while performing live, with costumes, and noise-driven performances.

With dark/harsh distorted guitars, screaming vocals, and fast-paced drums, you can hear “I Confess” and see for yourself.

2. The Rock & Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Co. of Philadelphia-19141 (Characters 68, Words: 10)

Next on the list is a 60s pop/rock duo project that did not last very long. Under Kasenetz-Katz’s production, the duo was aimed at advertising bubblegum market hits that would increase sales.

The hit was written by Jerry Goldstein and Bob Feldman and featured Joey Levine on vocals. With even charting the only song they made, the group was later disbanded and stopped their campaign of commercial music.

Dubble Bubble is originally a bubble gum company with almost 100 years under its belt. The founder, Frank Fleer, made his very own gum recipe in 1906.

3. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die (Characters 61, Words: 11)

The indie rock band The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die started their journey in 2009 and are still active today. Their name is something that is common with indie, post-rock, and post-metal bands nowadays, which share a story or a feeling.

With their atmospheric melodies, the band falls under various genres, just like the ones I mentioned earlier. They have released 3 albums and numerous EPs and splits, that depict the very nature of mellow-sounding genres like indie, post-rock, etc.

The band endured a lot of member changes throughout the years, but the founding members were Josh Cyr, Steven Buttery, Chris Teti, David Bello, and Katie Dvorak. You can enjoy their tune “Heartbeat In The Brain” linked above.

4. The Spectral Light & Moonshine Firefly Snakeoil Jamboree (Characters 56, Words: 7)

Deeply rooted in graveyard blues and ghost songs, the band The Spectral Light & Moonshine Firefly Snakeoil Jamboree is the product of one Timothy Renner. Again, there isn’t much info about the group online apart from a few songs, cover art, etc.

Apart from Timothy, other members include Sarada and Prydwyn. With a heavy emphasis on eerie-folk-like sounds, the Banjo is heavily incorporated and serves as the trademark sound of the group, resulting in numerous lyrically-haunting tunes.

You can listen to their song “Mole” on BandCamp, as sadly, there are no tunes on YouTube of the group, except for a few covers.

5. The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band (Characters 55, Words: 8)

The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band was a Canadian group from the late 1990s, categorized as post-rock, punk rock ethos, and similar. The band was prone to member changes constantly, with originally being a trio and then expanding to an 8-piece group.

Under the record label Constellation, the group had a total of 8 albums and 3 EPs which is certainly impressive. Hailing from the famous post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Efrim Menuck spawned this group along with the ridiculously long band name.

You can enjoy the atmospheric amalgamation that is their song “13 Angels Standing Guard ‘Round The Side Of Your Bed” with the above YouTube link.

6. Composition of the Sensibilities of Melted Knowledge (Characters 52, Words: 7)

Composition of the Sensibilities of Melted Knowledge is a sub-project of James Ferraro, who had many projects like this throughout his music history. Sadly, this group does not have that much info online as well, apart from a few songs you can listen to on Last.fm and similar sources.

The music is very atmospheric, almost space-like, and captures the essence of mellowness while also turning to morbid and dark melodies from time to time. It certainly stays true to the long band name and delivers unique music.

You can take a look at the “S/T” album that is linked above and see/hear it for yourself.

7. Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum (Characters 51, Words: 1)

The next entry is Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum. I know, it is hard to comprehend at first. The Belarus Death Metal band is known for its unique and weird band name. With the true meaning behind the name having a dark nature, it is a sort of spell in Latin, or perhaps other dead languages.

The group started back in 2009 and is still active today, they frequently incorporate various dark lyrics about mysticism, occultism, death, etc. But, it is a Death Metal group so no surprises there.

The Minsk-based band has some really tasty riffs and drum beats that will certainly get you moving. Listen to their song “Da pytańniaŭ ab suziraĺnym paznańni” above.

8. Congratulations on Your Decision to Become a Pilot (Characters 50, Words: 7)

Starting as a trio band in 1999 that would one year later be joined by another member, Congratulations on Your Decision to Become a Pilot is a product of Jeremy, Eric, Steve, and Andy. The band did not last long but made a few tunes before disbanding.

Their name is like a congratulations card you send someone and many can see the appeal there, nevertheless, it is a worthy band name to include on this list. Despite disbanding, the band had a few reunion shows in the later years and went down with several songs under their belt.

You can listen to “Orange Impossible” which is a cool-sounding and mellow tune for everyday listening.

9. When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water (Characters 49, Words: 9)

Next on the list is an experimental psychedelic rock band from New York – When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water. The group was formed in 1986 and endured a career for 10 years before disbanding in 1996.

The band with the catchy and cool-sounding name had released a total of 3 albums, along with numerous EPs and although not highly praised, they were somewhat respected in the experimental psychedelic rock community.

You can listen to When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water’s “Bobby” album that is linked above and see if they meet your tastes.

10. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (Characters 48, Words: 7)

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is a Japanese psychedelic rock group with an odd and very long band name that truly stands out. The group was formed in 1995 and is still active today, led by Kawabata Makoto who is the guitarist in the group.

It is hard to count the number of releases this group is responsible for, especially since the member list is constantly changing, and expanding, with guest stars as well. Largely due to projects on the side, the group is constantly in different directions and spawns numerous musical tunes.

You can get a whiff of their album “Electric Dream Ecstasy” which is linked above and go on an instrumental journey.

11. Professor Fuddle’s Fantastic Fairy Tale Machine (Characters 47, Words: 6)

The Toronto, Ontario-based Professor Fuddle’s Fantastic Fairy Tale Machine was a group from the 1970s that falls under the psych-rock genre. The band consisted of Mickey Andrews, Paul Bradbury, Bruce Ley, Don Paveling, Jim Pecchia, and Gary Tiller.

This is a pretty catchy and cool-sounding name for a group, wouldn’t you say? The story behind the band is the ever-fruitful idea of wanting to play in a rock band. With all the members being acquainted beforehand, they easily formed the group.

If you want a taste, you can listen to a sample tune that is linked above to give you those vintage vibes.

12. I Live the Life of a Movie Star Secret Hideout (Characters 46, Words: 8)

I Live the Life of a Movie Star Secret Hideout is an indie rock duo composed of Adam Bayer on drums/vocals and Maria Pitallano on vocals/guitar. The group had some success in the 90s with more artistic crowds.

As previously mentioned, indie and post-rock band names often have a story to tell or share a specific feeling, this is indeed the case with I Live the Life of a Movie Star Secret Hideout. The group had released two EPs before disbanding.

You can listen to “Atom Blast” and get a taste of what the band sounded like, a mellow tune with soothing vocals, to say the least.

13. Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky (Characters 44, Words: 7)

On the other side of the spectrum of music from the previous indie group is the death metal band from Florida – Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky. Formed in 2006 and still active today, the band got its name from William S. Burroughs’ “Apocalypse” text.

Despite their somewhat long activity, the group has only released one EP and one full-length album. With a few member changes along the way, the band is still active and often has session and touring musicians to aid them with live performances.

Their album “The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry” is a true testament to death metal which you can find linked above.

14. …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (Characters 44, Words: 10)

The American alternative rock group …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead was formed in 1994 and is active as ever, even today. Their name is often abbreviated to simply Trail of Dead or T.O.D which is the German word for ‘death’.

The band had certainly credible activity, with a whopping 10-album resume and an 11th on the way in 2022. Aside from that, they also have numerous EPs, singles, etc. The only inconsistency was the countless member changes throughout the years but the group still endures.

Their song “Relative Ways” is a classic alt-rock tune that will suit many alternative rock enthusiasts.

15. Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation (Characters 43, Words: 5)

The next entry is the Tokyo, Japan group Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation. The group was formed in 2002 with the idea to form an all-female grindcore trio, with an additional member who joined afterward.

The group has two EPs and a full-length album under its belt and is still active today. With all members having past experience with playing in bands, they had many influences that eventually led to their trademark grindcore sound.

You can check out Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation’s “Wallow” album and listen to their powerful sound.

16. Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis (Characters 43, Words: 1)

Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis is a Mexican-based goregrind band that was formed in 1999 and is still active today. Their odd name is a shock at first, however, it originates from a couple of medical terms: paracoccidioidomycosis, proctitis, sarcoma, and mucous membranes.

The band’s resume consists of two full-length albums and one EP. Originally as a 4-piece group, the band is currently a trio with a few member changes throughout the years.

If you’re into goregrind, their tune “Zombies” will certainly pique your interest, with strong vocals with heavy guitar melodies.

17. Please Inform the Captain This Is a Hijack (Characters 42, Words: 7)

The California-based Please Inform the Captain This Is a Hijack group was a political punk band in the early 2000s with no less than six members. With a somewhat quirky name, the band was short-lived sadly.

Please Inform the Captain This Is a Hijack released only one EP and one album before disbanding. You can listen to their tune “Transnational Vampire Killers”, a catchy and upbeat punk song.

18. Flowers from the Man Who Shot Your Cousin (Characters 41, Words: 8)

The Paris-based Flowers from the Man Who Shot Your Cousin is essentially a one-man project with session musicians that results in incredible mellow-sounding music that is easy to listen to.

Morgan Caris, the brain behind the project, although not American, sings in English and has truly captivating lyrics and melody. With instruments like the flute and viola, how can it not be?

If you want a taste of his music, you can listen to “Lay Down Your Arms” and enjoy the soothing melody and vocals.

19. Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. (Characters 41, Words: 5)

Almost to the end is the synthesizer ensemble Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. formed in 1969 by David Borden. With a name that sounds like a manufacturing company, the group was actually incredibly active up until 2011.

With a few albums, the band had many performances throughout their active years. What started as a duo eventually grew into a seven-piece ensemble.

You can listen to the ethereal sound and atmospheric nature that is their “Train” song which is linked above. 

20. I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business (Characters 40, Words: 6)

The last entry on this list is the alternative rock band I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business which was formed in 2003 and still endures to this day. The band name is certainly an interesting one that most likely catches people’s attention.

What started as a one-man idea by Arthur Enders ended up staying that way despite many years of playing with other members, touring, and session musicians. With a few albums under the band name, Enders continues to keep the dream that is I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business alive.

You can get a whiff of “Old Man” which is linked above and listen to the acoustic/alternative nature of Enders’s music.

Summary

Bands often try to be unique in order to catch people’s attention and stand out from the rest, and sometimes that means having an interesting name. These 20 bands certainly have names that are worth remembering. Whether it’s because of their quirkiness, their meaning, or simply because they’re catchy, these band names are sure to stick in your head, that is, if you finish reading them to the end.

Milan Trajkovikj is a touring and recording bass guitarist who loves to share his passion for all things music.

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