Little Bombs – What’s In A Name?

Little Bombs. This isn’t some kind of new technological advancement in modern warfare that a third world country has devised to crush its opponents. No, Little Bombs is a New York-based grunge band with a mellifluous sound that’s sure to circulate serotonin into the deep crevices of your brain. The guys recently pressed a couple of new tunes to vinyl, including the ever-sublime “Strange” and “My Oxygen,” along with a breathtaking music video for “My Oxygen.” Whether or not Little Bombs has what it takes to become something bigger is still a clouded image in a fortuneteller’s crystal ball. But what is known is the fact that the group certainly has a name that rears attention. From bums to cheese and yes, even to nuns, naming a band is a difficult task. It takes painstaking diligence in order to connect the sound with the message that the band wants to put out there. Luckily for us, Kieren Smith, guitarist and vocalist of Little Bombs, has decoded the encryption below.


Rock Edition: Who came up with the band name?

Kieren Smith: Me, Kieren.


RE: Was there a selection process?

KS: I had to let a few men go in the process, but I was humane.


RE: Is there a particular meaning behind the name? 

KS: It is an ancient Babylonian term for “where is the cheese?”


RE: What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?

KS: Little Bums.


RE: What’s the worst name that you considered using?

KS: Little Nuns.


RE: Any regrets about the name you chose?

KS: Other than it wasn’t Nirvana or Grand Funk Railroad, no, not really.


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Written by Julia Rukaj of Rock Edition