“It was actually a song first,” says Geoff Bucknum, of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based band. “We were looking for a name, looking for something we felt that described us, and we tooled around with lots of names. Finally, we just settled on that.”
“The name began freshman year in college, when we started playing together,” says frontwoman Saara Untracht-Oakner. “We were in search for a name, and we’d text each other names, and just get ‘no’ as a response, or ‘you’re just naming things that you’re seeing.’ So one day we’re all sitting around the dining hall table, eating with a bunch of friends, and one of our friends is like, ‘you look like a whatever – you look like a Jeff, and you look like a Tom.’ And our bassist Nick really likes the film The Princess Bride, so our friend Dan says ‘yeah, you can be a Wesley.’ So, that’s how that started.”
“It’s funny, we get all types of different assumptions that people make, like Wesley Willis, Wesley Snipes, Wesley from Star Trek, or something, and we’re like ‘no, no, it’s Princess Bride.’ There’s even a little forum going, saying we should change our name to You Can Has A Wesley.”
Unfortunately, turnover in the bass and drums department in Moodhosa has been a constant over the past 5 years, but the core duo of Peruyero and Moody has remained, and as long as that continues, Moodhosa they will be.
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– Matt Lehtola