When I first heard the Keeper, a local metal band that writes songs about D&D (and won our "reader's choice" poll for best band to play REVERB '09), I had to wonder: when these dudes named their band, did they know about this Keeper? In other words, did they name their band after a reusable hippie menstrual cup on purpose? Or was it accidental? After all, I had no idea what a Keeper/Moon Cup was until I moved to Eugene and took an entry level gender studies class. So I asked frontman Andrew Chapman to clear things up for me, and this was his response:
When we were first playing, we wanted this super metal name that would sound like a character from a "choose your own adventure" book or D and D. But when we came up with The Keeper we looked to see if there already was a website and found the The Keeper (menstrual cup). It was probably the raddest, metalest thing ever to be named after except for icebergs, sabertooth tigers and Stonehenge. I mean, what is more metal than a non-disposable menstrual cup? Not much! And its hilarious when bearded metal dudes ask us what our name means and we tell them about the cup. They usually blush! So yeah, we love it!
All that aside, the main reason you should know about this band is because of their awesome D&D-centric nerd metal songs, and if you don't believe me, go to the band's MySpace and listen to "Tonight We Ride." Their next show is November 20 at the Jewelbox with Chinese and Smooth Sailing, if you find yourself as enamored with the Keeper's nerd metal as myself.