Dead Moon CD review [Sub Pop]

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Dead Moon CD review [Sub Pop]
Nov 2, 2006, 21:03

DEAD MOON Echoes of the Past Double CD

Bolstered by a sound that captures the focused rawness of Rocket From the Tombs and the sturdy, no-frills rhythm section of AC/DC, Dead Moon have not diluted their energy and grace one bit since their 1987 conception.

Arguably one of the Northwest's most successful, truly independent acts, Dead Moon gets more well-deserved recognition as Sub Pop issues Echoes of the Past, a forty-nine track, double disc retrospective. If you are not familiar with Dead Moon (and you should be), Dead Moon has spent the past nineteen years defining a “slow and steady wins the race” approach to making music. An approach that most bands could only dream of: they own their own label and master recordings, press their own records on their Tombstone imprint with their very own lathe (the same one that The Kingsmen cut “Louie, Louie” with in 1963), and their own music store, complete with faux-western facade.

Compiled by Fred Cole, Echoes of the Past is loosely chronological: most of the material culled for disc one spans from In The Graveyard to Strange Prey Tell; disc two spans from Crack in the System to Trash and Burn (though nothing is included from Dead Ahead, one of the bands best offerings since Destination X). Also thrown in is “DOA,” previously released as a single and later available on the German released (and out of print) Thirteen Off My Hook. Graveyard is not a rarities and b-sides release (where is “Dirty Noise,” Sub Pop?), but it captures the meat and potatoes of the band, and the material selected—for the most part—is some of the strongest off each record; not so much a release for the band's iniiates, Graveyard serves its obvious intentions by being a best-of, much like Sub Pop's Radio Birdman retrospective, The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978) it provides an entry point for new fans to gain a handle and given Dead Moon's rather exhaustive discography that's a public service worth having.

Ante up.  [Sub Pop]

-Paul Matthew

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