Portland's Pure Country Gold, as every review must note, remain hitless, twangless, and resolutely un-virginal, but one part of that's about to change. "Moanin' in the Moonlight", a roughly mastered track recently recorded with Steve Lobdell at Audible Academy for the garage duo's forthcoming second album, finds garage duo Patrick Foss and Jake Welliver embracing a bubblegum punk groove to set the nation pogoing. Their smarts and energy were never in question, but this ranks with the best early Jam singles—and I've no higher compliment.
PCG plays at Slabtown on Wednesday, March 5.
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