Hell&Lula – What’s in a Name?

Photo: Pasha Reshikov

Hell&Lula’s danceable electro-rock sound is simply infectious. Having signed to MTV affiliate HYPE Music, you may have heard the Los Angeles-based group on Jersey Shore, The Real World, or at VH1’s iHeart Radio Music Festival. Their early success has motivated them in a variety of charitable ways, including trying to convert their tour bus into a “mean ‘green’ low-carbon-footprint sex machine,” starting the Recycled Merchandise Program, and helping Falling Whistles, a charity working to bring peace to the Congo. They haven’t even had their first Top 40 hit and Hell&Lula are already giving Bono a run for his tax-deductible money. Now, let’s read about the story behind their name below from H&L vocalist MAK.

Who came up with the band name?

I penned the name, but I decline any responsibility for having chosen it for this project.

Was there a selection process?

Endless lists that lasted for months. We’d pick a name, everyone would love it, then someone would say, “That name sucks,” and we’d all decide that that name sucked and we’d pick something else.

Is there a particular meaning behind the name?

Devon [Culiner, guitar/programming] and I were really into the idea of wordplay when we were coming up with names. Hell&Lula sounds vaguely like “hallelujah” and it plays with the idea of dichotomy, which has always been a theme that Devon and I both embody and embrace. As a pair, Devon and I come from very different backgrounds and musical tastes, but the blending of the two is what makes us fun and unique, I feel. In that sense, the name is very appropriate.

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

For the longest time, we had decided to call ourselves Pegasaurus. At first Devon thought it was brilliant and I thought it was ridiculous and no one would take us seriously. After a while, I finally decided the name was brilliant and Devon decided the name was ridiculous and no one would take us seriously.

What’s the worst name that you considered using?

[chuckles] For the longest time, we had decided to call ourselves Pegasaurus. At first Devon thought it was brilliant and I thought it was ridiculous and no one would take us seriously. After a while, I finally decided the name was brilliant and Devon decided the name was ridiculous and no one would take us seriously.

Any regrets about the name you chose?

Too many to list! But such is life and the consequences of the decisions we make. The main logistical problem is that the web doesn’t support ampersands (&), so we have to write out the word “and,” and it confuses. Other lesser problems are that people automatically think “metal” when your band name begins with “Hell” and conservative mothers don’t want their children listening to or sporting the t-shirts of bands with such a degenerate and irreverent name.

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