Few bands have been more inspiring and influential to DIY rock and punk culture than Dead Moon.
Dead Moon formed in Portland, Oregon in 1987. Fred Cole, who had began playing in bands as a teenager in the mid-1960s, had caught a taste for punk rock and with his wife, bassist Toody Cole and drummer Andrew Loomis, architected a stripped-down blend of rock, punk, and country that would fuel them for nearly twenty years of regular touring and ten studio albums. Like a lot of the best, Dead Moon relied more on heart and feeling than classical skill, and Fred Cole’s innate knack for songwriting and storytelling—touching on themes of politics, love, and the human experience through the lens of an outsider—combined with the band’s hard-driving (and loud!) performances made them unmissable and timeless.
Toody and Fred Cole by Lauren Baker
Dead Moon disbanded in 2006, with the Cole’s launching Pierced Arrows, a new trio with drummer Kelly Halliburton, soon after. After a brief reunion in 2014, Loomis passed away after a battle with cancer in March, 2016. These days, Fred and Toody Cole continue to share their music with the world as a duo.
Today, Dead Moon releases a new live LP, What a Way to See the Old Girl Go. The record is Volume 6 of Voodoo Doughnut Recordings’ “Tales from the Grease Trap,” series of live archival releases from early ’90s Portland. The album was recorded to 8-track at Portland’s X-RAY Cafe on August 16, 1994, the same year the band released its Crack in the System LP. Mixed and mastered from the original cassettes by Don Fury, the album gives a glimpse into the band’s unbridled power, rawness, and spirit.
She Shreds is proud to present the exclusive premiere of Dead Moon’s What a Way to See the Old Girl Go. Listen to the record in full below, and for more about Dead Moon, read our in-depth interview with Toody Cole here. What a Way to See the Old Girl Go is available now.