After packing in Portland-based punk outfit Dead Moon after 20+ years in 2006, Fred and Toody Cole decided they couldn't keep away and teamed up with Kelly Halliburton to form Pierced Arrow. Mixing garage rock with proper songwriting and proper melodies, and with Fred freshly stitched-up after major surgery, what we have here is a a hand-numbered 7" recording of two live tracks from a gig in Austin, Texas.
Limited to 500, this also comes with a paper insert, a gig ticket from the performance, and a hand-stamped inner sleeve.
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Ltd 7" on Watts of Goodwill. Edition of 500 hand numbered copies.
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This is a lovely little package that Monorail have put together in honour of Dead Moon legend and Pierced Arrows frontman Fred Cole. Not only do you get a 7" with two live tracks recorded in Austin, but there's an insert explaining how everyone at Monorail likes all Cole's bands and tried to put together an event to celebrate Fred's 50th year of releasing records, with a screening of the film 'Unknown Passage', a Q&A with Fred and his brother and bandmate Toody, and then a live performance right there in Mono, even going as far as getting this live 7" pressed as a souvenir for everyone in attendance.
Heartbreakingly, ill health forced Fred to pull out of this appearance, but the nice people at Monorail have included flyers and a ticket for the event, in their own words "as a document of our intentions". There's a whole jumble of cool stuff to look at. As for the record itself, it's pretty well recorded live performances. Dead Moon is the obvious comparison but that'd be lazy so I guess Crime-ish proto-punk styles with a Replacements-ish ramshackle urgency. Guitar solos soar and then trip on their face, vocals aren't always too preoccupied with staying in tune, but there's a driving bare-bones raucousness that's viscerally entertaining and the hooks being abused are almost annoyingly catchy. Well worth picking up if you're into Dead Moon or Pierced Arrows.
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