Phil Elverum, the Pac-NW musician behind the Microphones, Mount Eerie, and various related projects, is experiencing a resurgence of influence among DIY types. Recent Bands To Watch like Florist or Spencer Radcliffe bear a clear resemblance to quivering analog odysseys like 2001’s masterful The Glow Pt. 2, an album any fan of lo-fi or indie-pop or, shit, music should really check out. But Elverum, unsatisfied with his lasting imprint on indie rock’s sonic fiber, is looking to extend his influence to the realm of band names.
I will name your band. My fee is thirty five bucks. I am serious.
— Phil Elverum (@PWElverum) December 27, 2015
It’s true: Elverum is offering up his band-naming services for $35 USD. No refunds, of course. And why not? The man is almost as good at naming bands as making music. “Is it a joke?” Elverum posits in a blog post announcing the service. “Of course, but I’ll do it still.” He adds, “Is capitalism fucked up? Definitely.” Read Elverum’s full message below, and seriously, if you’ve never listened to The Glow Pt. 2, do yourself a favor and bask in the sound of winter setting in.
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 do it still.
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.
Plus, what if your band becomes super popular? Then $35 is nothing. That’s one arena show souvenir tank top. And maybe it was my band name that put you in that position.
Is capitalism fucked up? Definitely.
Just gonna leave this for you here.