Sightseer

Sightseer

 
Seattle, Washington, USA
RockRoots

Female-fronted americana roots rock powered 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.

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Biography

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.

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 was released on February 1, 2012.

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.

Lyrics

What If I

Written By: Sightseer

She’s under your skin
And taken your heart
Tell me what I am I to do, what am I to do, what am I to do
Now that you’re gone

So you’re on your own road
With changes a- head
And I have been a fool, livin’ in a dream, pretendin’ you were mine,
Hopin’ you’d care

Did you know this indifference is all a disguise
I swear I don’t hurt, but you know that’s a lie

What if I told you I needed you now
And all that you are is all I think about
What if I
What if I
What if I

I always knew
She’d be the one
The way I have always known, I have always known
My feelings were wrong

Let me go home now
Cuz I’m not that strong
Because laughin’ next to you, standin’ next to you, invisible to you
I’ve never been so alone

Did you know this indifference is all a disguise
I swear I don’t hurt, but you know that’s a lie, that’s a lie

What if I told you I needed you now
And all that you are is all I think about
What if I
What if I
What if I broke down and told you the truth
What if I loved you the way I want to
What if I
What if I

What if I told you
I barely hang on
Watching you holdin’ her there in your arms

What if I told you I needed you now
And all that you are is all I think about
What if I
What if I
What if I broke down and told you the truth
What if I loved you the way I want to
What if I
What if I

Spaces

Written By: Sightseer

Yellow moon, silver fields
And fireflies like spinning wheels
Past the pumpjacks in the night
Raised like hammers to the sky
A flatland salute to a twenty year goodbye

To the hazy nights in your brother’s car
Drinkin’ cheap red wine at only bar
Tried to drown your tracks
But you never got very far

From the miles of blue
And your dusty hands
Off the gravel roads
And the beaten path
But when you lost your everything
And what we had wasn’t all it seemed
You left us in the spaces in between

On the county line we’d drive too fast
Tryin’ to chase the future, outrun the past
On half-built dreams that were never meant to last
‘Cuz this place dried up when the fields turned brown
And the walls closed in when the mill shut down
And a blood red sun was the only thing around
‘Cept the miles of blue
And your dusty hands
Off the gravel roads
And the beaten path
But when you lost your everything
And what we had wasn’t all it seemed
You left us in the spaces in between

December winds and prairie arch
Crossed winter’s bridge to break my heart
A million miles, a thousand lives apart

So pictures fade to amber light
From summer switchgrass to silent night
Remind you of the spaces left in time

From the miles of blue
And your dusty hands
Off the gravel roads
And the beaten path
But when you’ve lost your everything
And where you are ain’t all it seems
You’ll find it in the faces
You’ll find it in the places
You’ll find it in the spaces
In between

Athabasca

Written By: Sightseer

I’m headed north bound, back to my hometown
Haven’t seen you for a while
You say drive faster; we’ll meet at the tavern
I’ll make it in 20 more miles
Well I’ve learned a few things about heartbreak and gold rings
And I can admit you were right…you were right

Shake off the snow, bar lights turned low
You say ‘you’re exactly the same -
It’s sure great to see you, you look good, what’s new
I’m really happy you came’
Well everyone in here knows what we’re after
A long winter melting a-way

But you can’t hold time
Makin’ up lost years in one single night
You can’t go back
Or keep yesterday in the palm of your hand
It slips away, fadin’ like the sun at the end of the day
It’s a long time gone
We’re a long way from home
Athabasa

We sift through the ashes
You make a few passes,
There’s courage in whiskey and beer
Kissin’ tears off of my face
Take me to your place
Say the things I wanna hear
Where am I going
I’m helpless and falling
Feels like I’ve just disappeared, disappeared
But you can’t hold time
Makin’ up lost years in one single night
You can’t go back
Or keep yesterday in the palm of your hand
It slips away, fadin’ like the sun at the end of the day
It’s a long time gone
We’re a long way from home
Athabasca

Gray morning light in a small town hotel
Spills over our clothes and regrets where they fell
And it seems just a whisper could shatter the spell

But you can’t hold time
Makin’ up lost years in one single night
You can’t go back
Or keep yesterday in the palm of your hand
It slips away, fadin’ like the sun at the end of the day
It’s a long time gone
We’re a long way from home
And we’re too far gone,
Athabasca

Red Eye Haze

Written By: Sightseer

I woke up in a red eye haze
I’ve been driftin’ thru for a thousand days
You hit me like a ton of bricks
And something’s got to fix me quick
So I can face morning sun
To straighten up enough, just to come undone
But I’m certain you can see right through
I crumble standin’ next to you…next to you

And I don’t care if you go
I don’t care if you stay
‘Cuz I’m already gone
In this red eye haze
In a red eye haze

Just tell me if I get too close
To standin’ at your dead end road
Well you don’t know how hard I try
To fight the urge to cross that line
When you can’t give in but you can’t hold back
You break it down to the simple facts
That it’s too late to turn back time
To steal your heart and give up mine
I’d give up mine

And I don’t care if you go
I don’t care if you stay
‘Cuz I’m already gone
In this red eye haze
In a red eye haze

It’s getting hard to hold out friend
It’s hard watching you wanting her
And I can’t make sense out of nothing
On a road that goes nowhere

I woke up in a red eye haze
Of whiskey nights and heartbreak days
You hit me like a ton of bricks
And something’s gotta fix me quick

And I don’t care if you go
I don’t care if you stay
‘Cuz I’m already gone
In this red eye haze
In a red eye haze

Resting Place

Written By: Sightseer

It’s dry as a bone here this summer
The weeds have grown waist high since you’ve been gone
With your words still sidewindin’ through me
They’re dragging me down; I can’t seem to push on

And I woke up this morning hung over again
So I drank my last bottle of wine
Burnin’ and bitter going down, down, down
Time’s trying to kill me
And I’m just tryin’ to kill time

There is a bare hook and nail
On this wall, baby
Where your picture used to hang
And I’ll wait forever in this house all alone
‘Cuz it’s become
My resting place

The yellow jackets are nesting in the rafters
I can hear them hummin’ from my room
I can swear that it’s you whispering to me baby
And I swear that I’ll be broken down to ashes soon

There is a bare hook and nail
On this wall, baby
Where your picture used to hang
And I’ll wait forever in this house all alone
‘Cuz it’s become
My resting place

I don’t need a stranger’s hand to guide me
To lead me to some higher ground
‘Cuz your love just takes me to a cold dark place
Where a part of me is still hidin’
It ain’t ready to come out

There is a bare hook and nail
On this wall, baby
Where your picture used to hang
And I’ll wait forever in this house all alone
It’s become
My resting place
There is a bare hook and nail
On this wall, baby
Where your picture used to hang
And I’ll wait forever in this house all alone
‘Cuz it’s become
My resting place