The New Music Seminar attracts bands with exotic names -- Screaming Trees, God Is My Copilot, and Treepeople are some of our favorites
The 13th New Music Seminar, starting June 17 in New York, has attracted more than 370 bands from all over the map, and their names — from New York’s Exploding Boy to Holland’s Fish Hospital — are more exotic than their hometowns. Any trends? Well, 16 bands clock in with numerical names like 4 Men & A Dog and 77 Luscious Babes. At least six, including God Is My Copilot and Stigmata A Go-Go, invoke the Deity. Five lean toward environmental correctness, among them Screaming Trees and Treepeople. And the rest, well, they’re just plain bizarre. Our favorites: Vanilla Trainwreck and When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water.