All-Male Rock Band Changed Their “Abusive Name” Girl Band
An all-male rock band decided to change their name to Girl Band, apologizing for using an “incorrectly gendered name”.
The Irish quartet announced their decision to change their name in a statement on Twitter. âWe won’t play or release records under the Girl Band name anymore,â they wrote.
“We apologize for choosing an abusive name in the first place and to anyone who was hurt or affected by it.”
In the future, Girl Band will become Gilla Band. ‘Gilla’, it seems, is an Old Irish word for ‘youth’ or ‘male boy’.
The group’s statement revealed that their original name was “chosen without much thought”. âTrying to deny any unfortunate role we have played in spreading a culture of non-inclusiveness in music or whatever,â they added.
Gilla Band ended by thanking “those who spoke about it and informed us about it, directly or indirectly”.
Their decision was applauded on social media. Drowned in sound pointed out how the music industry remains male-dominated, but that wasn’t good news for a fan, who shared a pic of her Girl Band tattoo. âThrow an s on the group,â was a helpful suggestion from another person.
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We are changing the name of our group. We also play a few concerts in Dublin in January. pic.twitter.com/PNhZ19dL2m
– Gilla Band (@GillaBand) November 16, 2021
It is reminiscent of the recent, high-profile example of Canadian post-punk band Preoccupations, which was originally called Viet Cong before changing its name in 2016.
âWe are a band that wants to make music and play our music for our fans. We are not here to cause pain or remind people of the atrocities of the past, âthey said at the time.
Interestingly, some members of Preoccupations were previously part of a group called Women, although they disbanded before they felt the need to change their name.
On a less controversial note, acclaimed freelance singer-songwriter Alex G changed his name to (Sandy) Alex G due to a clash with a popular YouTube cover star, before recently reverting to Alex G.
Gilla Band was formed in Dublin ten years ago. They have released two albums so far, 2015’s Hand in hand with Jamie and 2019 the talkies.
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