Like many musicians, Seattle’s P.A. Mathison of Sightseer has other artistic outlets. Sometimes, one form of expression just isn’t enough, so when not playing music, she paints in the abstract. Actually, she painted first and wound up in music later in life when she heard a band rehearse “Man in the Box” one too many times, heard the singer fumble notes and melody one too many times, and she said to herself, “I can do way better than that.” I’ve seen Sightseer a number of times, even filled in on bass for one gig, and I can assure you, she was right.
She paints rather well, too, and as luck would have it, both skills will be on display tonight (Thursday, January 12) over at Alki Arts. Mathison partners with Jessica Apodaca (both in the picture below) at the Lushworks art studio (got to love the name) and will have some wine inspired paintings on display. To quote from Mathison, “What makes [these paintings] unique is that each painting comes from two different perspectives, because we each get our hands on ’em at some point. Sometimes at the the same time! So it truly is a collaborative effort.” Along with the paintings, Sightseer will perform an acoustic set on the opening night of the 12th. The band has a new CD coming out next month. I’ve heard it, and simply put, it’s excellent. It’s a blend of alt-country rock with a double shot of Makers, neat, songs about heartache and whiskey, and whiskey and loss, soft and folksy and touching like “Biggest Storms” above, or wrenching and rocking like “Read It and Weep”, but always passionate. They’re one of my local favorites, and hopefully, 2012 will finally see them get some much deserved success.
Note: The songs included here are the demo versions of the goodness to come on the CD. You’ll want to check out the CD versions when available.
Also performing will be Hurricane Chaser and special guest Debbie Miller.
Wine will be House Wine
Facebook event for January 12 opening 6:00 – 9:00: Lushworks at Alki Arts