To those who regularly keep close tabs on what Gizburg Duck is up to, you might have noticed we’ve been under the radar for a few months. You might have also noticed the not-so-subtle replacements around the web of “Gizburg Duck” with “Gizburg鴨”.
Around the end of 2013, we played a couple of really bad shows, we had a handful of problems that prevented us from practicing regularly, and our planned CD release didn’t really work out. All of these things kinda led to the decision to take a month or three off from playing shows, and just work on getting things together.
We’ve tossed around the idea of changing the band name for a while, but never really taken it seriously. The name Gizburg Duck has been such a serious part of our life for a long time and it’s hard to let go of. People say they don’t like it because it doesn’t mean anything, but to that I ask how many other band names really mean something? Probably less than 50%.
However, we finally realized that the “duck” conveys silly and whimsy, which kinda fit us 14 years ago, but we’re a lot more serious of a band now.
But I still hate to give up on a name we’ve held on to for over a decade. So we’re compromising by writing the duck in Japanese.
We realize that most people aren’t going to know how to pronounce 鴨 (the Japanese word is “kamo”, by the way), and they certainly won’t know how to type it, so it’s just going to result in everyone just calling us Gizburg. But that’s what a lot of people already call us anyway.
So we’re not really changing the name, and we’re not really changing what most people call us. We’re just making it not look so silly when people see it written.
So anyway, we’re ready to start playing shows again and we have re-imagined name and image. The CD still might be another month or three, but I think people are really going to like it when they hear it. We’re ready to start 2014!!
And we’re starting it with this: http://on.fb.me/1k9oxOB