The band's name came from a line in this song. "The hardest part is that everyone's got the name now," Hughes explained to Planet Mosh
. "If we'd decided to call it Purple Tiger, for instance, someone will probably already have a band by that name, so we as a collective of the band members would discuss on the phone and someone would say, 'I've got a really cool name,' then we'd Google it and find someone's already got it."
Hughes continued: "So Andrew [Watt] said last September, six months after we got into this, 'Why don't you look at your lyrics book and maybe there's a word there?' So I went through it and there were things like 'Avalon,' things that I really like, 'King Arthur' and stuff, then I came across in 'Solo,' which is a bonus track, the line 'California breed acceleration,' kind of a fast-moving California dude, which kinda I am, been living there three quarters of my life. So, Black Country Communion, very dark and industrial but very rock, California Breed very light, purple, orange and yellow, amber and magenta, and very rock. It might sound like a different breed but it's a definitively rock album."