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 combination of soulful vocals, rich electric and acoustic guitars, tasteful keys, solid bass & drums, and the occasional violin tell stories that are rooted in long dry summers, cold winters, whiskey nights and heartbroken mornings. Sightseer s debut cd What Tomorrow Brings is produced by Jason Lightfoot and Tom Hall for 3Rays Records and is due to be released February 1, 2012.
Read it and Weep ....a hard-hitting tale of self-loathing, is the song that best showcases the early identity of local rockers Sightseer. Led by the strong female vocals of P.A. Mathison, the song - like Sightseer s others is rooted in alternative country, bringing to mind bands like Okkervil River and Wilco. Based on their work so far, Sightseer hasn t yet created a distinctive sound, but the pieces seem to be in place. Just check out the excellent, wailing guitar solo on Resting Place . --Bryden McGrath- Seattle Weekly
I caught Sightseer at the Skylark Café a month or so ago, but as I was there to see a different band on the bill and it being a hard thing for me to write about more than one band per evening, I made only the following note about them in my notebook: Good band. Black Crowesy at times. See them --Dave O'Leary- Seattle Subsonic