Dead Moon: Unknown Passage
An absolute masterpiece.
The Coles started Dead Moon in '87 after their punk band, The Rats, dissolved in 1984 and steamrolled ahead for 19 years without stopping. 'Unknown Passage' - the group's second album, came out in 1989 - hot on the heels of their debut the year before & continues the murky onslaught perpetrated by that LP. Despite seeming fully-formed from the first note of their first LP, 'Unknown Passage' is where they really hit their stride & start to succinctly form what would end up becoming THE classic Dead Moon sound; Hot-shit rockers sit side-by-side with dark, mid-tempo ballads all filtered through the Coles' unrestrained writing style - a mix of hard-livin' & paranoia as well as everything musically they'd absorbed up to that point; garage-y stompers, hard rockin' barn burners and even some classic Puget-Sound punk rock a'la The Wipers or Napalm Beach.
This album contains flat-out classics like "Dead Moon Night", "Evil Eye" & quite possibly the all-time Dead Moon live staple "54/40 Or Fight", as well as the requisite cover tune exploded & rebuilt in the Cole style - this time it's a killer version of "Time Has Come Today".
We can't even begin to explain what a treat it is to have these available again on wax thanks to the good folks at Mississippi Records - and remastered from the original tapes to boot! Hopefully these will stick around for a while, but we recommend gettin' a copy while the gettin's good! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!