Dead Moon is a Portland, Oregon band fronted by longtime singer/guitarist/songwriter Fred Cole. Toody Cole plays bass and Andrew Loomis plays drums. Formed in 1987, the band combines garage rock, punk, and country in their stripped-down sound. Fred Cole has 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, and toured Europe successfully. Not until the mid-nineties did they tour the United States. Much of their following is in Europe, and a U.S. filmmaking team (Kate Fix and Jason Summers) produced a 2004 documentary, Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story, which played in independent theaters around the U.S., New Zealand, and Melbourne International Film Fest, and was released on DVD in the fall of 2006. Dead Moon has recorded for labels such as Empty Records, but most releases are on Music Maniac abroad and Tombstone in the U.S. The Tombstone label has also provided cheap mastering and duplication for other bands, serving more as a cooperative than a promotional vehicle. Fred and Toody are in their fifties, but show no signs of slowing down on their 2004 release Dead Ahead. They currently own the Tombstone General Store in Clackamas, Oregon, and are building a shopping center nearby.
In December 2006, Dead Moon announced their disbandment.
Pearl Jam covered the song "It's OK", they often segue it with their song Daughter in live performances. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam has also covered Diamond in the Rough and Running Out of time with C-Average.