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The View from Nowhere

by The Sideshow Tragedy

“Blown up Fender amps, old dobros tuned like baritone guitars, caveman guy banging on the drums, and dark poetic lyrics sung over the top of it all by a well read, true Texan punk... What’s not to love?" - Kenny Siegal, The View From Nowhere producer
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1. Lost Time
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2. Piston Blues
2:57 $0.99
3. Trust
4:05 $0.99
4. Nobody
3:30 $0.99
5. Time to Taste
2:56 $0.99
6. Afraid to Fall
4:15 $0.99
7. Long Time Coming
4:41 $0.99
8. For Your Love
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9. The View from Nowhere
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Album Notes
“a charismatic hybrid of Texas roots influence and an unhinged garage-influenced moxie.” The Deli Magazine (Austin)

“An album that sounds as live as can be…it’s got a swagger to it…This is rock and roll with dirt under its fingernails.” Radio host Martin Bridgeman/KCLR/Kilkenny/Ireland

“..the group’s intense, poetic, at times apocalyptic blues-rock has never felt more current, more relevant, more powerful..The duo are joined again by ace producer Kenny Siegal [Old Soul Studios] on Hammond organ, while Singleton layers on bass and touches of slide, giving their sound an unaccustomed fullness without obscuring the ferocity at its core….The Sideshow Tragedy’s The View From Nowhere delivers a gritty-cool nine-song soundtrack to the apocalypse that almost makes you not mind it coming.” Jason Warburg/The Daily Vault

“Singleton has a voice that close to Lou Reed…this album [The View From Nowhere] is for those who like to get lost on the dark and lost roads…” Laurent Therese, Nouvelle Magazine (France)

“Nathan Singleton’s National Resonators and Jeremy Harrell’s drums fill your brain and cause an adrenaline rush.” Rootstime (Belguim)

“This American duo [The Sideshow Tragedy] has blues rock flowing through their veins…. The combination of Jeremy Harrell’s tight drum work and the smooth guitar playing of Nathan Singleton has an addictive effect on this listener. Extra Plus is Nathan’s voice sounds at least as sexy and decadent as the voice of the late Lou Reed.” Koos Gijsman/ Popmagazine Heaven (The Netherlands)

“…one of the best albums I’ve heard in recent weeks….songs like “Lost time”, “Trust” , “Nobody” or “Long time coming” will not stop playing on your player.” SubNoise.es

“The duo of Nathan Singleton (guitar) and Jeremy Harrell (drums) attack their respective instruments, taking melody-driven songs and lighting them on proverbial fire.” Mayer Danzig/Twangville

“Listening to The View From Nowhere it is extremely difficult to come to terms with the fact that The Sideshow Tragedy comprises just two members in Nathan Singleton and Jeremy Harrell. …Indie, blues, funk and rock from a duo creating a sound far bigger than the sum of their parts.” AmericanaUK

“Playing roots rocks with an irresistible backbeat is [The Sideshow Tragedy’s] bread and butter. Nevermind that the lyrics deal with heartbreak (For Your Love) and other mishaps (Nobody), The Austin, TX based duo deliver what their band name implies: putting one hell of an upbeat show, using raw blues to harness their grievances and turn them into a celebration.” Hans Werksman/Here Comes The Flood

“exceptional…Gritty mentally stimulating cuts…These fellows have really outdone themselves this time. Top pick.” Babysue
The Sideshow Tragedy is back with a new record, new distribution company and new European label. The View From Nowhere was released and distributed across Europe by Dixiefrog Records/Borderline Blues in November 2017 and Hand Drawn Records has picked up the reins with distribution across the USA and Canada on April 12, 2018.

The View From Nowhere, conceived in Austin, Texas and recorded at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY with producer and multi-instrumentalist Kenny Siegal once again in the captain's chair, has The Sideshow Tragedy exploring new territory on their sixth record with a myriad of added instrumentation (moog, clavinet, Hammond B-3, backwards piano, upright bass, saxophone) and hypnotic funky grooves, without losing the essence of this Texan rock duo’s “visionary apocalyptic blues” (New York Music Daily).

The sparse narrative on The View From Nowhere captures the spirit of The Sideshow Tragedy frontman Nathan Singleton's poetically ambiguous lyrics.

Hearkening back to the song stylings on their 2015 critically-acclaimed record Capital, “Piston Blues”, a pedal-to-the-metal rockin’ road tune lurches forward like an out of control train or haywire hayride while the ruthlessly catchy “Nobody” deals with the angst, ennui, and resolve of the marginalized:

Feel like a natural man, all my plates are broken
I’m thinking clear, my mouth is always open
My empty face, and my broken teeth
Give me away in high relief
There’s nobody else out on the road tonight
Just me and my memories, looking for a fight

Many of the other tunes on The View From Nowhere thematically play with the meaning of time (“Lost Time”, “The Long Time Coming”) with “Time to Taste” taking the Sideshow lads into a funk-filled James-Brownesque groove. On the final and title track, Singleton’s mysterious protagonist seems to be walking to the meter of a death march, but with a fierce determination to somehow stay alive:

“I’m searching through memory
For something to tether myself to
Something to have and to hold and to feed and to clothe
And make me honest too
But it slips through my fingers and I’m frozen in time
Like a clock without any hands
So I’ll just try and not forget my lines
And remember I’ve still got a chance”

It’s safe to say with this new record The Sideshow Tragedy will remain “a thinking man's rumpshake” (Austin Chronicle). Producer Kenny Siegal describes the ingredients for that rumpshake: “Blown up Fender amps, old dobros tuned like baritone guitars, caveman guy banging on the drums, and dark poetic lyrics sung over the top of it all by a well read, true Texan punk... What’s not to love?"



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