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Sightseer is a female-fronted rock band with an alt-country twist backed by drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, keys and occasionally violin. Soulful, passionate vocals with a broad appeal that evoke images of whiskey nights and heartbroken mornings. Sometimes vulnerable, sometimes tough... always memorable.
The last year has been good to the band with release of their debut release "What Tomorrow Brings" in February to great reviews and a number of high profile gigs including unofficial showcases at SxSW in Austin TX, The Bite of Seattle, the Hard Rock Cafe, and in-studio guest performances on some local radio stations. The band is currently in the studio working on a followup and planning a Spring 2013 release and small tour.
Sightseer began in 2008 when Jason Lightfoot placed an ad in Seattle’s Craigslist under the auspicious heading, “Page Seeking Plant”. This led to a meeting at the local pub between Jason and PA where they happily found out they shared a common musical vision and an affinity for good whiskey. A prior commitment that was due to be canceled by PA’s then current band Queen Jane led to their first gig 13 days later; with eleven original songs penned on the way to practice….usually while waiting in traffic.
PA Mathison grew up in Calgary, surrounded by enormous expanses of sky and miles upon miles of prairie flatland, with long dry summers and bitterly cold winters. The feeling of solitude, desolation, and finding permanence weave their way in her writing, as evidenced in her solo 2005 country release “Not Too Late” and currently in Sightseer’s more dense sound.
Jason Lightfoot has been involved in the Seattle music scene since the early 90’s as a performer, sound engineer, and studio owner . He has played on most stages and venues in the city as a member of Furniture Girls, Alabaster, and the Shawna Locey Band and shared bills with such acts as Linda Perry and Dr. Fink from Prince’s Revolution band.
The addition of multi-instrumentalist Jason Welling (Dangermart, Golden Robot Army) in early 2011 allowed the band to both branch out and hone in on a unique sound; a mix somewhere between classic rock, indie rock, and alt-country. His considerable skills have made him an in demand sideman playing all over town with many local artists.
Dave O'Leary is a writer and a musician who first came across Sightseer when writing about the band for both Seattle Subsonic and NorthWest Music Scene, and simply put, he fell in love with the tunes instantly. When the band was undergoing some lineup changes in early 2012, Dave subbed on the bass for a few gigs, one of them at SXSW, and they wound up liking him well enough to offer him the full time gig.
Veteran drummer David Nielsen started his musical career far away in Japan with a set of head phones and Led Zeppelin records. On stage and in the studio David has performed both locally and internationally with artists such as Japanese pop star Ann Lewis, Heart bassist Steve Fossen, Life Ring, Tlag Nhoj, John Galt, and Rock Steady.