This Ascension

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This Ascension
Origin Santa Barbara, California
Genres Gothic rock, ethereal wave
Years active 1988–2001, 2004
Labels Tess Records
Projekt Records
Members Dru (Vocals)
Kevin Serra (Guitar)
Tim Tuttle (Keyboards)
Matt Ballesteros (Drums and Percussion)
Cynthia Coulter (Bass)
Paul Sutherland (Percussion)
Past members Terry Holgate (Founding Member, Bass)
Charlie Dennis (Bass)

This Ascension is a gothic/ethereal band from Santa Barbara, Southern California that formed in 1988. They have released four albums on their own label Tess Records from 1989 to 1999.

This Ascension toured the United States three times and the west coast prolifically, sharing the stage with bands including Clan of Xymox, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Chris Isaak, The Wolfgang Press and Pixies.

After Tess Records collapsed, the band signed to Projekt Records in 2001. Their back catalogue was re-released and the band split soon afterwards. The group re-formed with bassist Cindy Coulter for several shows in 2004 and announced plans to write and record new material in 2013.

Vocalist Dru has gone on to sing for the neo-classical project Mirabilis as well as ambient/electronic act Falling You. Former Bassist Charlie re-joined his former band Nerf Herder and guitarist Kevin Serra runs the music review site Kevchino. Serra records music for a singles project with guest vocalists under the name Cloud Seeding. The first single "Ink Jar/Unquestioning" features Boston's Marissa Nadler.

Bassist Cynthia "Cindy" Coulter (b. 22 February 1971), younger sister of William Faith (William Coulter), went on to become the touring bassist for Faith & the Muse from 1999 - 2007. She later relocated from Van Nuys, CA to Portland, OR and became the bassist for the Portland-based band 'Pitchfork Motorway'.

This Ascension's cover of the song "Carol Of The Bells" was featured on ABC TV show Brothers and Sisters during the episode "Cold Turkey" which aired on December 12, 2010.



  • Tears in Rain (CD) - Tess Records - 1989
  • Light and Shade (CD) - Tess Records - 1991
  • Walk Softly, A Dream Lies Here (CD) - Tess Records - 1994
  • Sever (CD) - Tess Records - 1999

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