Matt, Kali & the infamous crew known simply as The Ascetic Junkies are back with a brand new bag! Yes, Portland’s favorite folk/pop and sort of punk group are bringing some new material to their anxiously awaiting fans – it’s been over a year since the gang put out one of the best albums of 2008, One Shoe Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. As groundbreaking and delightful as the album was, you could always tell there could have been more. And on December 11th at Backspace, the City of Roses will be fortunate enough to hear the AJ’s return to their bluegrass roots, and bring home the joy absolutely free.
Our friends will be joining the stage with a couple other wonderful acts including St. Frankie Lee and Bark, Hide and Horn. The Ascetic Junkies’ shows have a reputation of being memorable and compelling; to hear such wonderful folk music played in contemporary fashion is a delight in itself. And it only gets better when you hear these guys spout out catchy pop hooks that never fail to please. But be warned: prepare for callouses to come from the massive amounts of clapping and stomping that are sure to be inevitable. This is one of the best new folk/bluegrass bands of our generation, and anything can happen when they get into your head.
The Ascetic Junkies EP release show will be on December 11th at Backspace in Portland. Doors open at 8 p.m. And this is an all ages show. So bring the little ones! More Pacific Northwest dates below… but first a track off their upcoming EP DWFTRS:
The Ascetic Junkies: French Girls [mp3]
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The Ascetic Junkies Play The Northwest
12/11: Backspace (All Ages) in Portland, OR
12/13: Skylark (All Ages) in Seattle, WA
12/20: Luckey’s in Eugene, OR
12/21: Silver Moon Brewing in Bend, OR
01/16: Cozmic Pizza (All Ages) in Eugene, OR
02/03: Laurelthirst February Residency in Portland