Folks who love The Ascetic Junkies — let’s call them Junkies junkies! — must be jonesing to see the band right about now.
After all, it’s been eight whole months since the Portland quintet played in Bend. Before that, they’d been here seven times over the previous 16 months to showcase their winsome-with-a-wink sound.
Fear not, junkies! Your beloved Junkies return to Silver Moon Brewing tonight, and co-founder Matt Harmon emailed to say they’ll be debuting some brand new songs and breaking out some interesting covers. Presumably, they’ll also play tunes from their lovely 2010 album “This Cage Has No Bottom,” which I reviewed in The Bulletin a year ago. That review sums this band up pretty well, so I’ll use it again:
“‘Cage’ is filled to the brim with everything that’s great about the Junkies: lively arrangements, spirited, sparkling melodies and bright-eyed boy/girl vocals as far as the ear can hear. Lyrically, Harmon and (Kia) Giaritta walk a line between playful and provocative, delivering lines about life, death, whiskey and religion via hooks so cheerful, they sweep aside the world-weary feel that runs through these songs. The result is a sound that combines the rootsy cool of neo-bluegrassers The Avett Brothers, the radiant charm of Mates of State’s fluttery indie-pop, and the carnivalesque racket of early Of Montreal.”
But you don’t have to take my word for it. There are songs to be streamed at www.theasceticjunkies.com.
One note: Tonight’s show is one of the last that banjo player Graham Houser will play with the band before he moves to Argentina, so get over there and say goodbye. His work is integral to the Junkies’ sound.