The Ascetic Junkies

- US Portland, OR Americana / Whiskeystomp / Weird Pop


Bio: We’re musicians from 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).

We usually write pop songs on acoustic guitar and then try to twist them around as much as possible without mak... See Full Bio

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  • 2013

    Apr 19

    Salt Lake City, UT, US | 8:00pm

    Salt Lake City, UT, US
    Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:00pm
  • 2013

    Jan 22

    Amarillo, TX, US | 9:00pm

    Amarillo, TX, US
    Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:00pm
  • 2013

    Jan 17

    Hot Springs National Park, AR, US | 8:00pm

    Hot Springs National Park, AR, US
    Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:00pm


    THE ASCETIC JUNKIES THURSDAY 01/17/2013 8:00 PM | 21+ | FREE SHOW! THE ASCETIC JUNKIES - are a pop band with more than a passing interest in Americana, noise, and psychedelic song structure quirks. Comprised of Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon (and various other musicians through the years), we tend to surprise audiences with how much sound, energy and intricacy we create with only two people. The band has its roots in a merging of rock and folk, but after self-releasing an album in 2008, we started indulging in the pop/Americana/indie realm. Since then, we've tried our best to constantly evolve our sonic palette without losing the core focus of our sound, which has been made easier by the distinct sound of our dual-lead-vocal center and shape-shifting, psychedelic songwriting ethic; lately, we have a fondness for writing songs in a more through-composed fashion than a standard verse-chorus-repeat style. We have been fortunate enough to gather recent fond comparisons within the pop world as diverse as The New Pornographers, The Dodos, The Dirty Projectors, and Apollo Sunshine. Through the last 4 years, we've self-released 2 albums and seen a 3rd released on Portland indie label Timber Carnival Records, toured all over the country, and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such national acts as Nicole Atkins, Warpaint, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, and Asobi Seksu. We've also received several honors on our home turf (Portland, OR), including having tracks featured on the prestigious PDX Pop Now! compilation and Tender Loving Empire's "Friends and Friends of Friends Vol. 4, and having a self-produced music video highlighted and screened at NW Film Fest. 2012 found us touring more than ever, recording a lot of new electrified material that intentionally sits on the border between "really catchy" and "pretty weird", and taking in the sights while driving back and forth across the country to bring our tunes to fans in towns big and small. We are planning on staying out on the road as much as possible in 2013, and releasing a collection of new songs that we're very proud of. "LIVELY, SPIRITED, SPARKLING" -- BEND BULLETIN "This Cage Has No Bottom has the feeling of a modern life put to song, hymns made for and among good friends doing their best in the here and now." -- PORTLAND MERCURY "[The Ascetic Junkies] have never pretended to be anything other than playful, and that playful irreverence makes their frenetic virtuosity all the more impressive, most especially in concert... [the Junkies] demonstrate a proclivity for pop gymnastics, not unlike the variety which has earned the Dirty Projectors some of their praise." -- SPECTRUM CULTURE "Refusing to be pigeonholed, The Ascetic Junkies intermingle bluegrass with modern pop and rock in a way that keeps toes tapping." -- WILLAMETTE WEEK

  • 2012

    Nov 28

    Eugene, OR, US | 9:30pm

    Eugene, OR, US
    Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:30pm


    Matty Charles - The Ascetic Junkies Matty Charles & Zedekiah Child play Lucky's in Eugene at 9:30pm followed my Ascetic Junkies! Great bill with fun ffor all!!!

  • 2012

    Nov 8

    Bend, OR, US | 8:00pm

    Bend, OR, US
    Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:00pm
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  • ~MrKeys~ (Artist) ~MrKeys~
    Awesome music video, the cartoon fits the song very well. Have fun in Bend next week! Mr.Keys
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