Dead Moon was a Portland, Oregon band fronted by longtime singer/guitarist/songwriter Fred Cole. His wife Toody plays bass and Andrew Loomis plays drums. Formed in 1987, the band combined garage rock, punk, and country in their stripped-down sound. Fred Cole has engineered most of the band’s recordings and mastered them on a mono lathe that was used for The Kingsmen’s version of “PlayLouie Louie.” Their early records, such as In the Graveyard, were released on the Tombstone Records label, named for the musical equipment store Fred and Toody operated at the time. Soon they caught the attention of the German label Music Maniac, and toured Europe successfully. Not until the mid-nineties did they tour the United States. Much of their following is in Europe.