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The Name...

From The Brotherhood to The Inner Circle and Beyond...

 

The first things I get asked when someone sees the site is, "Why Plaid Faction?" and "Why does it say Inner Circle on your first gig flyer?"  So I figured I would through together this story to answer those.  We had a lot of fun coming up with names. 

 

The Brotherhood...

When we first started we went with what I thought was a pretty slick name of The Brotherhood.  Sounds cool enough, adds a little mystique which we thought was cool.  I don't remember any cool story about it came to be, but it was our first one.  We were all fired up and ready to roll.  We had our songs together and were ready for our first gig.  After we recovered from our first drummer debacle, we called up the local booking agency and got a surprise. 

They had a slot for on new music night at that Rhythm Room lined up with two other new bands.  The only problem is the other two bands were also called The Brotherhood.  So much for our originality...  So in a scramble we had to come with another name.  At this point I can't remember what the process was for this one.  I think it had something to do with an Aikido book I was reading called Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere but I may be wrong.  We thought it was slick enough, so we went with...

 

The Inner Circle...

This name was printed on our first gig and its what we played under.  We thought we were doing good and rolling around until someone, I think it was J.C., watching the end of the show "Cops" where the credits were rolling and guess what?  That song "Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do..." guess who wrote that toe tapper?  A reggae band called, you guessed it... Inner Circle.  Unfortunately back then there was no Internet so we couldn't just run out and Google a name to find out if it was taken by a band or not.  So, once again we were back to the name game... 

 

Plaid Faction...

Since our first attempts at a name for the band had failed, we set out to find a name that we felt not only embodied our band but was also one that no one else was using :)  We all cracked out the Thesauri and Dictionaries and started scribbling down names and concepts with the idea of getting back together and holding a vote.  I don't think I had many good submissions.  It seems like I wanted to call it Joker's Wylde or some crap like which would have really stereotyped us as a hold over from the 80's rock bands that filled Dallas' music scene.  Little did we know that our final choice would do us one nearly as bad :)

We were looking for the idea of a group as we did with the previous names like The Brotherhood and Inner Circle.  I'm not sure now why we were so set on that, but we were.  Back in our skateboarding days, J.C. and I remembered a band called The Faction that we liked.  We always though that term was cool, so we wanted to use it headed up with a another descriptive word that would embody our (as we thought) unique style of music.  So we looked for terms that meant the merging of different things.  Out of all of them my favorite was Chromatic.  Chromatic Faction for a group that blend colors and styles.  Well, I got out voted.  The other guys liked the concept of Plaid for merging over Chromatic, so the name was born... Plaid Faction.

Little did we know of the burgeoning music trend called Grunge coming out of the Seattle, Washington area.  For those of you that don't remember, Grunge came through and in one fail swoop killed the popularity of all the legacy metal bands.  Fortunately our sound and even name was different enough from the Dallas metal bands to keep from getting us washed away before we go started.  What we didn't know was the whole plaid clothing thing that was synonymous with the Grunge movement.  I know that we got some gigs solely based on the fact the club owners thought we were a Grunge band.  For better or worse, that got our foot in the door sometimes and our performances kept us in and rolling along.