Release Date: Feb 2, 2010
Record label: Vice
Genre(s): Rock, Punk
Like the man says, the more things change, the more they stay the same…or at least that's the way it seems to go with Fred and Toody Cole, the proud elder statesmen of garage punk. For close to 20 years, the Coles recorded and toured with Dead Moon, one of the toughest and most consistently powerful bands in underground rock, but in 2006, they pulled the plug on the group, and more than a few folks assumed that Fred (a grandfather who has been making records since 1966) was ready to retire. But thankfully, that wasn't in the cards, and after teaming up with drummer Kelly Halliburton, Fred and Toody are back in action with a new trio, Pierced Arrows, and the combo's second album, Descending Shadows, has more in common with Dead Moon than substantial differences.
Husband and wife Fred and Toody Cole released 15 LPs and nearly as many singles over the course of nearly 20 years as Dead Moon, in the process becoming PacNW rock 'n roll legends. After they had kids. Most of those records were self-released-- cut by Fred from the same lathe the Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie" was once famously carved. But in 2006, Dead Moon finally broke up after nearly two decades of grinding.
The term "nuggets" is often used as shorthand to describe amateurish garage punk, sloppily played but bursting with swagger. And while it usually signifies youth, it's the perfect descriptor for veteran rockers Pierced Arrows, and not only because one of its members actually played on the seminal Nuggets compilation that begot the term. [rssbreak] Pierced Arrows' sophomore album is raw, unpolished rock 'n' roll at its most essential.