Best Band Names

Great band names are imaginative, bold, and memorable, reflecting the unique perspective and artistic vision of the musicians behind them. 

In the cutthroat world of indie music, a band’s name can be the difference between obscurity and critical acclaim. That’s why the Needle In The Hay competition is such a crucial platform for rising artists in Australia and New Zealand.

With a grand prize of having their single pressed on wax, along with mentorship programs with some of the region’s most seasoned music biz vets and more than $30k in runner-up prizes, it’s a damn good reason to take band naming seriously.

This year, after sorting through stacks of submissions, we were blown away by the level of thought-provoking, bold, daring and sometimes bizarre band names, which are all a testament to the imagination of the new generation of musicians. 

From the passive-aggressive Annoying Neighbours to the existential existentialism of Beach Goths, from the droll Teacher of the Year to the haunted house vibes of The Fallen Chandeliers, from the unsettling Kid on a Leash to the confectionary bliss of House of Biscotti. These are the names that demand attention, and we can’t wait to see where they’ll take their careers next.

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At Happy Mag, we believe in shining a spotlight on the best and brightest new talent, and that’s why we support the Needle In The Hay competition. Stay tuned for more exciting updates, and remember: a band’s name can make or break them, but with the right support, the sky’s the limit.