Dead Moon, Strange Pray Tell

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Strange Pray Tell

Dead Moon
One of the Pacific Northwest’s hardiest rock bands at their best.

One of the advantages of Portland, Oregon's high standard-of-living-to-cost ratio is that people don't have to stop being in bands and get real jobs in their late 20s. The trembling-voiced Fred Cole, who fronts this Portland institution, and his wife/bass player Toody Cole are grandparents, and they're still hammering out relentless garage rock with a lineup now in its 20th year. Like most of their records, this whomping, halfway-in-tune 1992 album — originally cut on the same lathe as the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" — sounds like it could have been a series of primitive psychedelic garage singles cut by asylum escapees in 1966.