Welcome to Rock Edition’s brand new feature, A Band By Any Other Name…! Each week, we’ll ask a new group about the meaning behind their name, and hopefully they’ll have an interesting story to tell. For the feature’s debut, we have Texas-based rockers Dear You. Check out what they told us below.

Who came up with the band name?

It was a joint effort between Louis and Chris, and it took quite a while to get a set name.

Was there a selection process?

Definitely. We went through lists of band names, probably 30-40 in all. [laughs] It’s such a small but also huge part of forming a band.

Is there a particular meaning behind the name?

Absolutely. When we first started writing this band’s music, it was different from what we were used to at first. And we weren’t very vocal and active in speaking our minds, so we felt that this band’s music was the perfect vehicle for us to open up. So the name is almost a precursor; sort of like “Dear you, this is us.”

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

I honestly feel like we had seriously considered the name Creative Issues at first.

What’s the worst name that you considered using?

I think Creative Issues might take the cake on both best and worst; it was really the only one we had seriously considered before deciding to choose Dear You. It took a lot of Googling to make sure Dear You wasn’t taken.

Any regrets about the name you chose?

It seems a little vague at times, but I think the name is good enough to get people’s attention. It doesn’t define the music much at all, so we are definitely happy with where the name has gotten us.

Pick up Dear You’s latest EP, Journals.

For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.


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