Dead Moon was an American punk rock band from 1987 to 2006, formed in Portland, Oregon, United States. Fronted by singer/guitarist Fred Cole, the band also included bassist Kathleen "Toody" Cole, Fred's wife, and drummer Andrew Loomis. Veterans of Portland's independent rock scene, Dead Moon combined dark and lovelorn themes with punk and country music influences into a stripped-down sound. Fred Cole engineered most of the band's recordings and mastered them on a mono lathe that was used for The Kingsmen's version of "Louie 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 Records, and toured Europe successfully. Not until the mid-nineties did they tour the United States. Much of their following was in Europe.
Dead Moon had a huge influence on the Portland music scene, but they never met much international success.
They recorded tons of bands and pressed the records in glorious mono themselves. It was a great way to get your music out on the cheap.