No, The Kinected are not paying tribute to the Xbox’s infamous motion sensing peripheral through their band name. Their dedication is instead directed to the crafting of tight, catchy pop rock. In tracks like single “Hypnotize” — now gaining national airplay — crisp drum beats bounce under punchy guitar licks and the occasional solo. Read on to find out how the band chose their name.
Who came up with the band name?
We all collectively came up with the name after about a month of going back and forth.
Was there a selection process?
Yes, there was. We created the name just under two years ago and it is a hybrid of two words, “kinetic” and “connection.” Two of the biggest things we want to do with our art is connect with people and get them moving. The definition of kinetic energy of an object is the energy it possesses due to its motion. These two words kept coming back to us, and before we knew it, we ended up with The Kinected.
What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?
The Tuesday Men.
What’s the worst name that you considered using?
Midnight Society and Midnight Skyline. We just needed to leave the night alone. Pretty horrific.
Any regrets about the name you chose?
We don’t have any regrets. We were pretty excited to create a word that meant something important to us. The only thing that has caused some confusion was that about two months after we created the name, and created thekinected.com, the gaming system Kinect came out. I remember the moment I found out about this. We received a picture message from a friend of a soft drink from Burger King, and on the cup it said, “Get Kinected!” We were so confused!
Pick up The Kinected’s latest album, Evolution #9.
For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.