Austin, Texas - The indie bluesy rootsy-rock duo The Sideshow Tragedy drop their fifth album Capital, produced by the Independent Music Award winner Kenny Siegal at Old Soul Studios, in Catskill, NY. Frontman Nathan Singleton says, "It was as close to an ideal working environment as we've ever been in--the studio is in this great house from the 1800's. We slept in the bedrooms upstairs, and we'd wake up, make some coffee and just start tracking. We recorded it in 5 days. Getting to work with Kenny was a huge honor; we'd been fans of Johnny Society for years, and some of the records he's produced (Chris Whitley's Reiter In and Langhorne Slim's The Way We Move in particular) are personal favorites of ours. We wanted to capture some of those sounds, and instead of trying to approximate it at another studio with a different producer, we thought, "Why not ask Kenny to produce, and use the same studio and gear where all those great records were made?"
Siegal echoes the same kind of enthusiasm about their collaboration: "These guys are a rockin' bad ass 2 piece band from hell. The Sideshow Tragedy's music is vital, urgent, and most importantly- it means everything to them-and it sounds that way. This record is the heaviest stuff to come out of Old Soul in a while. I was psyched to be involved."
Singleton didn't play nearly as much guitar on this record as he has on past albums. The duo and their producer aimed to keep the sound skeletal and sparse, and just put the focus on the groove and the songs. "I would call them humanistic songs," Singleton explains. "It's not a concept record, but most of the tunes are thematically tied together. Generally I am drawn to ambiguities in poetry or lyrics. That's what makes songwriting so compelling to me. Stuff that goes beyond literal, political, or philosophical statements and tries to get at something deeper, evocative and human."