The Ascetic Junkies
October 31, 2012, 3:11 pm
Read the liner notes for This Cage Has No Bottom
, and you know you're in for a classic Portland treat.
THE ASCETIC JUNKIES
The musically and lyrically playful group is moving back to the two that began it: Kali and Matt. Heavy touring as a duo this summer convinced them to return to their roots. That is what' is around the next bend for AJ. But not before a farewell show. Catch the full band finale 11/7/12 at the Doug Fir. More HERE.
In the new year, the duo head back out on the road to tour the country side. Their Corolla stuffed with the essential clothes, and instruments, of course. Where will they stay on the road? Couchsurfing
The song CRYBABY is included on our latest Homegrown Music Volume 5, available at all New Seasons Markets.
The AJ's Kali and Matt dropped by our studios to update us on plans to return to being a duo. Plus, we have two unplugged songs to share with you, as well! Enjoy.
The Ascetic junkies, in their own words, We’re musicians based in Portland, OR. There are 4 of us.
We are Kali Giaritta (vocals, keys, percussion), Matt Harmon (vocals, guitar), Cole Huiskamp (bass), and Stephen Colvin (drums).
Kali and Matt write pop songs on acoustic guitar and then we all try to twist them around as much as possible without making them suck.
We used to have a banjo player and often got called a bluegrass or folk band. He was really great and particularly unique in playing style, so when he moved to Argentina, we didn’t try to replace him.
Now we call ourselves Americana/Pop and perpetually hope that someone (you?) will suggest a more specific, appropriate, preferably made-up genre title.
Our approach to songwriting and arranging currently dabbles in an interest in trying to through-compose a bit more than relying on standard song structures, but we’re trying to keep it catchy.
We’re usually loud, jagged, and sweaty when we play live, and are always really happy to be allowed to be in that state.
More about the AJ's HERE