My Mouth is the Speaker – What’s in a Name?

Mixing alternately dreamy and sneering vocals, in the style of early Panic at the Disco! and Say Anything, My Mouth is the Speaker packs together trembling songs of romantic (mis)adventures. Their debut full-length, ‘Landmarks,’ was recorded and released in 2010, producing dance punk melodies which frame energetic guitar punches. Before you head to iTunes or Spotify to give them a listen, let’s hear the backstory behind their band name.

Who came up with the band name?

Danny Palmentera: Me.

Was there a selection process?

Sort of. I had to name the band after lyrics from one of my favorite bands.

Is there a particular meaning behind the name?

In Saves the Day’s “Jukebox Breakdown,” Chris [Conley] says “…the jukebox is in the corner, my mouth is the speaker.” I always thought that was a killer line. We unanimously decided that it had a nice ring to it.

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

Forever Got Shorter.

What’s the worst name that you considered using?

Weather, Lovely Weather.

Any regrets about the name you chose?

Not really. Sometimes our friends call us SpeakerMouth for short. Recently, my girl and I were out for drinks and we ran into an old friend of her’s. The band thing came up and this girl (who was trashed) asked me what my band was called. I told her and she said, “Oh, that’s too long” and changed the subject. [laughs]

Pick up My Mouth is the Speaker’s latest album, Landmarks.

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