Case in Theory – What’s in a Name?

San Francisco-based rockers Case in Theory are a testament of Kickstarter’s ability to successfully fund musical projects. Just last year, the group was able to raise over $4,500 towards their debut full-length, ‘Cinematic.’ But, as we all know, simply having some capital and talent won’t get you too far without a good name. Whether it comes about by a matter of fate, or is decided upon from the beginning, choosing the right name is an obstacle every band must face. Luckily, Case in Theory stumbled onto theirs with no problem, and it just so happens to be a perfect fit.

Who came up with the band name?

Jamin Bracken, our drummer, is the one who gets the credit for coming up with our name. We were still very new, writing our first batch of songs, and we had all been making suggestions, but nothing stuck. One night, he and I were headed out of his apartment for a night of drinking in downtown San Jose, and as he was telling me a story, he said the words “case in theory” in the same context as if someone were to say “case in point.” Before he finished his sentence, we both looked up at each other, eyes wide open and thought the same thing — that “case in theory” had a nice ring to it. I think we even called up Ben [Everett, bassist] and Tadeo [Ramirez, guitarist] and mentioned it to them. Needless to say, we kept it.

Was there a selection process?

I remember we made it a point for each of us to come up with a few names before practice. We would write them on the board and would keep the list growing, but there was definitely nothing cooler than Case in Theory.

Is there a particular meaning behind the name?

No meaning at all. It just sounded cool. And I think at that point we were simply fed up of thinking up names.

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

To be honest, I would’ve loved to see that list again, but it’s been so long that none of us can even remember any of the names we suggested. So, I texted everyone to make up some names so that I could answer these two questions. For “best rejected name,” the winner is: Son Named Aiden.

What’s the worst name that you considered using?

…and for worst name: Bob Saget & The Porno Vixens, or La Vic Sauce. [laughs]

Any regrets about the name you chose?

None at all. For some reason, to me, our name matches our sound quite well. I also love how “Case in Theory” isn’t suggestive to any particular genre. Hopefully it intrigues people enough to want to take a listen. And if you do, thank you, we hope you enjoy and appreciate the tunes.

Pick up Case in Theory’s latest album, Cinematic.

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