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Dead Moon, anyone?

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This was such an amazing garage rock band! Very raw, passionate vocals, love that guitar tone, what you love from rock 'n' roll. I'd recommend any of their albums. Band broke up in 2006, but Fred and Toody Cole formed a new band in '07 called Pierced Arrows which is in the same vein as Dead Moon. Pierced Arrows has released two albums.

Anyone else like Dead Moon?


Biography from Allmusic.

Dead Moon, a three-piece from Clackamas, OR, is known for their own particular brand of rootsy garage punk. Their music conjures images of hard-luck easy riders and lovers against the world. While their sound alternates between moody and aggressive, it is always remarkably genuine and energetic. The band is fronted by the husband-wife team of Fred and Toody Cole. Fred began his enduring musical career at the very young age of 15. Many years and many bands later (after living through experiences as varied as homesteading in Alaska, dodging the Vietnam War draft, and hunting bears), the two formed a punk band called the Rats. Later, after adding Andrew Loomis on drums, Dead Moon was formed in 1987. Frequently on the road in Europe, where they have a huge and devoted following, widespread popularity in the U.S. has continued to elude them. For almost a decade, Dead Moon released LPs on their own Tombstone label. All of those releases are vinyl-only and were cut on the same lathe that the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie" was cut on back in 1963. In 1991, they began to re-release the vinyl-only albums onto CD through Music Maniac in Europe and eMpTy in the United States, an effort that continued into the new millennium. Sub Pop released the retrospective Echoes of the Past, a collection of Dead Moon songs handpicked by Fred Cole, in 2006.

continued from Pierced Arrows biography...

Dead Moon slowly but surely gained a cult following for their raw but soulful music, particularly in Germany, but in 2006, to the surprise of many, Dead Moon abruptly broke up. Some wondered if Fred and Toody, grandparents and both near 60 years of age, had finally grown weary of music and life on the road, but they answered that question in April 2007 when they debuted their new band, the Pierced Arrows. Joining Fred and Toody in the Pierced Arrows was drummer Kelly Halliburton (formerly with Defiance and Severed Heads of State), whose father played keyboards with Fred in a band called Albatross in the 1970s. Recalling the passionate and elemental sound of Dead Moon but with a leaner melodic approach influenced by the blues, the Pierced Arrows began touring the United States, Europe, and Australia, and released their first album, Straight from the Heart, on Tombstone in the spring of 2008. In the fall of 2009, the Pierced Arrows announced that they had signed a deal with Vice Records, and their first release for the label, Descending Shadows, was scheduled for release in February 2010.

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If you like Fred and Dead Moon, be sure to check out Lollipop Shoppe and their one and only album released in 1968, Just Colour. It includes, IMHO, one of the best garage singles ever:

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Been screaming at the top of my lungs since 1965. Lyrics are from "Poor Born" being my favorite song on Crack in the System and man Fred Cole really has been in the rock music scene for over 40 years and looking at Pierced Arrows tour schedule page they are frequently on tour.


Here's a relatively new music video by Pierced Arrows.

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