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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.
Sightseer began in 2008 when Jason Lightfoot placed an ad in Seattles Craigslist under the auspicious heading, Page Seeking Plant. This led to a meeting at the local pub between Jason and Patti-Anne 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 Patti-Annes 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. Sightseers debut release What Tomorrow Brings is produced by Jason Lightfoot and Tom Hall for 3Rays Records and was released on February 1, 2012.
Patti-Anne Mathison (vocals/guitar) 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 Sightseers heavier, more dense sound.
Jason Lightfoot (guitar/vocals)has kicked around the Seattle music scene since the early 90s 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 Princes Revolution band.
The addition of former Dangermart & Golden Robot Army multi-instrumentalist Jason Welling (keys/fiddle/guitar/vocals) 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.
Veteran musician David Nielsen (drums) started his musical career far away in Japan with a set of head phones and Led Zeppelin records. On stage and 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.
lukafresh (bass) comes on loan from Golden Robot Army during their current hiatus. A Seattle native, musician, and recent entrepreneur; fresh has come out of retirement to lend his talents to the band and promote their signature prairie rock sound.