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.