TOMMY SIEGEL ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM “ANOTHER CENTURY WASTED”

Tommy Siegel (of power-pop trio Jukebox The Ghost) has announced his debut solo album Another Century Wasted, due out August 21, 2020. The album reflects the many anxieties of American life in the Trump era, and the album’s opening track “Dog Down” is no exception. Hear the track HERE.

Also a cartoonist, the album was forged in tandem with Siegel’s personal challenge to draw a comic every day for 500 days, the results of which gained an international following of hundreds of thousands across social media, including shout outs from cultural juggernauts like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ringo Starr, as well as fans across the music continuum (NonameEd Droste of Grizzly BearTre Cool of Green DayYoung the GiantThe New Pornographers). Siegel will release a collection of cartoons and essays titled “I Hope This Helps” this October via Andrews McMeel. See more of his cartoon work HERE.

“They say it’s morning in the nation, but it needs an intervention / It’s dangling off the edge of the flat earth, ready to jump / The whole thing’s busted, nobody trusts it/it’s time to put the old dog down.”

The opening lines of Tommy Siegel’s solo debut, Another Century Wasted seem jacked straight into the veins of the chaotic hellscape of 2020 in America. Hypnotic, colorful and darkly funny, it’s a dance record for the collapse of the American dream, stacked with cathartic, self-aware grooves for 21st century anxiety that tap into the uncertainty of the current moment. 

Also a cartoonist, the album was forged in tandem with Siegel’s personal challenge to draw a comic every day for 500 days, the results of which gained an international following of hundreds of thousands across social media, including shout outs from cultural juggernauts like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ringo Starr, as well as fans across the music continuum (NonameEd Droste of Grizzly BearTre Cool of Green DayYoung the GiantThe New Pornographers). The project eventually garnered him a book deal with Andrews McMeel, with his debut collection of comics and essays “I Hope This Helps” arriving in stores, if they still exist, this October. Like his comics, his solo debut is poignant and laser-focused on this moment in history, often in ways that feel prophetic for the pandemic era, like the opening line of “20th Century:”

“The days ahead are already planned, ain’t it heaven sent/Don’t have to work no more but we still gotta pay for rent.”

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