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The Not-So-Enharmonic Band

In musical terms, an enharmonic is when one note has different names. C sharp is the same thing as D flat. This happens in other places in music as well.

For example, Omaha band Son, Ambulance was originally called Ambulance, but they were forced to change their name for legal reasons. They’re the same band, but with a different name.

Some might argue that some side projects have enharmonic qualities. For example, some might argue that Conor Oberst as a solo artist is really just a different name for the same type of music he was doing with Bright Eyes. Granted, that is just a matter of opinion.

So, now we are left with a little problem. What about the reverse? Lately it seems like a lot of bands have been going through line-up changes such as Hellogoodbye. In this band, all members have been changed except for the position of singer. This bothers me. I feel like that much of a change makes it a different band, but they’re using the same name. Do singer’s really get that much ownership over the band? I don’t know. It just doesn’t sit well with me.

Granted, there are some bands like Dashboard Confessional, Rocket Summer and Jack’s Mannequin where the singer really is in complete control. These are all basically solo projects where the singer is writing all the music and lyrics, but invite friends to tour with them, since obviously they’d be able to play all the parts live like they could in a recording studio.

So, what’s the line? I’m going to use WordPress’ new little poll feature to see what you think:


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