13 Band Names You've Accidentally Been Mispronouncing All This Time

"In today's streaming free-for-all, plenty of music fans read a ton of band names without ever hearing them spoken out loud."

We've all had those moments when we realize we've been pronouncing a word wrong (usually after we heard someone else say it the correct way), and felt a tinge of embarrassment. To save you from that next time you're having a conversation about music, YouTube channel Grunge shared some commonly mispronounced band names and walks people through the proper way to say them. 

"Back when radio airplay was basically how everyone found out about new music, it was hard to mispronounce a band's name," the narrator in the video said. "DJs introduced the songs and who performed them, so unless your local radio station was run by total dopes, you knew what was up. But in today's streaming free-for-all, plenty of music fans read a ton of band names without ever hearing them spoken out loud. It's not like Spotify has a 'pronounce this band' feature … but they totally should." 

The video goes on to explain some trends in band names that may make them more confusing to pronounce. For example, some artists thought closely about how their name would show up in a Google search and altered the spelling of their band name accordingly, such as MSTRKRFT, which is pronounced exactly as it would be if it had vowels in all the right places, so "master kraft." In Canada, there's a company called Mastercraft that sells tools and the Canadian electronic music duo didn't want to compete with it in online searches. 



Another trend noted in the video is the use of the letter "v" in place of the letter "w," which bands like Chvrches and Alvvays use. Both are pronounced like the words they look like — Chvrches is "churches" and Alvvways is "always." These choices also helped them their position in SEO. 

Chances are if you're a big fan of one of these artists, you've already heard their names pronounced correctly aloud, but you might be surprised how many you've been mispronouncing. 

Watch the video below to find out: