i've recently discovered that there is another band with the same name as mine (sorry - ours!), which is Imola.
they havn't been using the name as long as we have and we've informed them of that but the cheeky scamps didnt' reply, and they continue to use the name. both bands being unsigned i cant decide whether to;
a. keep Imola as our name and hope that they (the other Imola) go away and/or are a big pile of sh1te;
b. keep Imola as our name and pay someone to hack the fuk out of their rather professional looking website (flashy b4sterds), and their myspace page;
c. give up on music altogether;
d. Imola's a cr4p name anyway;
i will keep you updated on the results of this very interesting poll...and while i am some pr1ck from (the other) Imola will likely steal my wife and kids
Try to get in touch with them about the name again. You won't legally have to change your name until either of you get signed to a record company, where promotions are an issue. However if the band isn't from Northern Ireland then you'd be grand using the current name until you get signed or start touring their area.
This topic has arisen several times in the past. I found this old thread after a quick search. I haven't read throught it again, but odds are there at least one or two relevant and useful posts contained in it :
If you check their website there is one entry under their photo portfolio: clearly identified as their very first gig. If you have evidence that you were using the name in public before then, you have a better moral case.
You have no legal case whatsoever though.
And I do honestly think that now would be a good time to change your name to something more memorable and internet-friendly. Leave the racetrack to the Ferraris.
[quote:2bb2ec0895="zebulon"]All jokes aside, I think that'd be a cracker name![/quote:2bb2ec0895]
Bit of an elongated URL though.
I'd agree that the name needs changed, especially since there is another band out there. Originality speaks volumes and if you are serious about the band then the name is extremely important in marketing terms (imo).