Fred And Toody Cole Of Dead Moon Announce New Zealand ShowsFriday 7th October, 2016 10:00AM
In big news for Dead Moon fans, legendary DIY rockers Fred and Toody Cole will be making their way to New Zealand for three shows in December. Widely considered the grandparents of modern garage punk, the inimitable Portland couple have been on these shores numerous times since their first visit in 1992 - even dipping off the beaten track and visiting places like Haast, Whanganui and Greymouth (instead of going on an arena tour with Nirvana). This time around the pair have lined up three shows which will no doubt be sell out - so don't snooze on buying your tickets. Here are the details....
UnderTheRadar Proudly Presents Fred & Toody Cole
Thursday 15th December, Bodega, Wellington
Friday 16th December, Kings Arms, Auckland
Saturday 17th December, Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Tickets available now HERE at UTR and in-store at RPM/Slow Boat (Wellington) and Flying Out (Auckland)
From The Press Release:
For those who are new …. Fred & Toody are the epitome of D.I.Y. rock and roll, a rock and roll love story in MONO with a canon of unforgettable songs and tales that defy description. Now a duo, grandparents of four, legends, lifers, and lovers Fred and Toody Cole keep on rocking in their stripped down but no less intense duo Fred and Toody.
This time, their shows will be of a semi acoustic nature – at least on paper – we’re not sure if they know how to play quiet, and dipping into Fred Cole's 50 + year career which goes from his groups from the 60s to now, including The Weeds to The Lollipop Shoppe to Zipper to The Rats to Dead Moon - and more recently Pierced Arrows. Reports of their recent performance from Gonerfest 2016 indicate they are unmissable.
This writer could go on forever about all things Fred Cole - but see the following quotes from a handful of locals who are Dead Moon, Fred and Toody Cole fans for life...
“One of my favourite Dead Moon songs is I Won’t Be The One. It’s a look back at their times in life and music, but also Toody’s ode to Fred. Her soul and his unlying guitar”. Maria Robinson - Publicist
"Dead Moon... living proof of the legend that the music industry, studio polish, singing or even the very idea of songwriting are all irrelevant, and giving hope to every band thrashing it out in garages, ill attended venues, and bedrooms... Cult is alive. Cult doesn’t care. Cult thrives despite trends and publicity. A zombie Gollum that pulses globally ignoring geographical and time challenge, and a rare beast in today's slick packaged social medium diet. 'Revenge' starts as most Dead Moon songs do, curdles its way to those vocals, does some minimum twists and then ends. It almost doesn’t even matter what song it is.. The only thing that is important is that it is Dead Moon..and it couldn't be anyone else... unmistakable, baffling,distilled and irresistible." Delaney Davidson - Musician
One of my all time favourite Dead Moon tracks is 'Can't Let Go' from the album Nervous Sooner Changes. This was the first Dead Moon album I owned and the second I heard it I knew they were the real deal. 'Can't Let Go' is an ode to rock n roll, the trials and tribulations of living life on the road, the ups and downs of night after night getting on stage to bare yourself to ambivalent strangers, the highs and lows in chasing your dreams all because rock n roll runs through you and must come out no matter what happens. Doing it because you have to. Dead Moon are true from the heart rock n roll, they’re not posers, not pretentious not there for money, fame or any reason other than rock n roll and the do it on their terms. 'Can't Let Go' shows an insight to why Fred and Toody Cole continue to do what they do and why they are still considered to be some of the most inspiring, hard working people of this underground D.I.Y genre." Matt Rapley - Musician and Host 95bFM’s Dirtbag Radio
"19yrs old I'd recently discovered punk, I was a late bloomer and that book "please kill me" was going around Auckland. This is pre-internet Auckland, and no one was giving out precious information for free, so when someone at the Kings Arms asked if I was going to the Dead Moon show I said "Who's that? I know the Dead Boys but who's Dead Moon?". This was met with "Oh My God you don't know who Dead Moon is????" But no one would actually tell me anything. For weeks leading up to the show I started to hear crazy rumours, mostly about the wild drummer and how he had a burning candle sitting in a skull atop his kick drum that band played along until it went out, the ritual was so alluring. When I finally got to see them live they blew me away with a raw power I've truly yet to see since! They were undeniable. 54/40 Or Fight is my favourite song as I have a penchant for historically lit songs and now being an Oregon resident I feel close to this one." Fiona Campbell -Musician & Tour Manager
"My favourite Dead Moon song is always changing. They have just got so many good ones. When I was introduced to them it was '54/40'. This was so killer live. Once I delved deeper into the catalogue I discovered such gems as Going South with its bad ass guitar riff. When I'm putting together compilations I always seem to put 'Evil Eye' on it. Dead Moon production is so raw and honest so when the sound and sentiment is nailed like in 'Evil Eye', it really is something special." Dion Lunadon - Musician
Thu 15th Dec, Bodega, Wellington
Fri 16th Dec, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland
Sat 17th Dec, Blue Smoke, Christchurch