Pierced Arrows

Friday, November 30

Holding a copy of Pierced Arrows’ recently released debut 7” is like holding an important piece of Northwest folk art. The sleeve is a simple black and white photo of Fred and Toody Cole with drummer Kelly Halliburton on the front, and the back is the Pierced Arrows horseshoe logo with the song titles and relevant studio info printed in sketchy block lettering. The little black vinyl disc inside bears the Tombstone Records imprint, the Coles’ label, and boasts “Clackamas, Oregon” as the location. It’s the same grinding, drizzly garage rock they’ve been chopping away at for decades, down there in the soggy Oregon woods. Fred sings the A-side “In My Brain”, which has an early AC/DC feel to it, and Toody takes over vocals on the B-side ballad “Caroline”. For fans of all-things-Cole, this 7” has everything you’d want; a bluesy thrasher from Fred, and a classic-rock crooner from Toody. This Funhouse show is the first time they’ll have it available for purchase in our city, so 1) you have to go, and 2) you have to buy it. For those of us who were too young to purchase the debut 7” of the Coles legendary former band Dead Moon, this is as close as we’ll get to that sensation. Owning this one feels important, like having something historians will regard with the same awe as cave paintings. Centuries from now, when they’re searching for evidence of the last true American originals—folks who grew up idolizing cowboys before hearing rock n’ roll—this is what they’ll refer to. With Girl Trouble, the Hands and Autolite Strike.

Fri., Nov. 30, 9:30 p.m., 2007

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