Fred and Toody Cole have been married since 1967 and have spent most of the past 25 years playing music together, first as the Rats, then as legendary Portland garage punks Dead Moon (legendary as in Pearl Jam often covers their song “It's OK”). They're now performing as Pierced Arrows, with a handwritten endorsement from Eddie Vedder published Feb. 2 by Spinner.com. “In a day and age when authenticity is harder to come by than an honest Republican,” the Pearl Jam leader notes, “legends Fred and Toody Cole deliver on every record and at every show.”
OC Weekly (Hobey Echlin): How do you go from a cult band like Dead Moon to starting a new band and winding up on a hipster indie label like Vice?
Toody Cole: As big as Dead Moon was, this was the next step. We did our first album on Tombstone [their label]. We went on tour with the Black Lips and that's how we met Vice. It was simple.
Dead Moon is one of those bands where Eddie Vedder [and Pearl Jam] started covering your songs.
Well, a nasty thing happened at the Roskilde Festival [in Denmark in 2000] when they [Pearl Jam] were on stage and people rushed the gates and some of them got killed. It hit Eddie really hard. That's when they first started doing [Dead Moon's] “It's Okay.” He's a really sensitive person. Shit happens. What are you going to do?
Do you hang out with the Vedders a lot?