San Francisco-based Hard Piano Rock duo, Sit Kitty Sit, takes the stage. Armed only with piano and drums, this fiery team lets loose an expertly manipulated balance of blow-your-mind power rock and virtuosic intricacy that leaves audiences screaming.
In May of 2010, Kat Downs (Good Natured Mortals/Sparrows Point/Saints of Ruin) and Mike Thompson (Big Nasty/Tokyo Raid/Cougar Kick) teamed up to experiment with the combination of classical piano and rock drumming. Typically described as “The Dresden Dolls mixed with PJ Harvey and a dash of Muse”, the music they create also reflects evidence of Zeppelin, Beethoven, Rush and Rachmaninoff. The combination of Kat Downs’ ornate hands and hair flying with Mike Thompson’s percussive mastery makes this duo the consummate definition of a “dream-team”. No holds barred, this group produces addictive rock n’ roll – with only two people and not one guitar in sight.
“Digging for comparisons, you can find a little bit of everyone from Nick Cave to Randy Newman, Amanda Palmer to Metallica in their work. Just simply comparing this band, however, does Sit Kitty Sit a disservice.”
– Nicholas Schneider, The Bay Bridged
2010 also saw the release of Sit Kitty Sit’s original EP, The Push, which was followed in 2012 by their first full-length album, Beautiful/Terrible. But for the band’s third album, Downs and Thompson had something else in mind. 2014 unleashed the release of Sit Kitty Sit’s epic Everlasting Fire. A storyline album based entirely on Dante’s Inferno. Spanning seven genres and boasting 15 guest artists, the release showcases the extensive versatility of Downs and Thompson as a team; revealing an entirely new side of the band that left both listeners and reviewers awe-stricken.
“’Everlasting Fire’ delivers a shiny and new outlook into the musical realm…What Downs and Thompson create with the simplest of instruments, most orchestras can’t even build with the most intricate of players.”
Touring almost non-stop since 2013, Sit Kitty Sit became known for consistently electrifying audiences with their energetically intense live performances, as well as developing a strong community among their faithful, almost cult-style following all across the United States. In 2015 the duo spread the love overseas for their first European tour, spanning the Netherlands, Germany, France, and England, leaving thrilled audiences in their wake.
“They seem to accomplish more with two people than most bands do with five.”
– Veronica Kirk, Black on the Canvas
Sit Kitty Sit was once again a featured performer at NAMM 2016 as guests of Killer-Q Instrument Straps, whose booth went on to win Best In Show in 2015. It also brought more national and international touring as well as the release of several new singles and multiple full- production music videos. In the fall of 2016 they embarked on another successful East Coast U.S. tour supported by good friends from Brighton, UK, Birdeatsbaby.
In September 2017, SKS settled into Dogwater Studios in Reno, NV for a week to record their 4th full-length studio album, Tectonic, reflecting the intense ups and downs in their personal lives over the past two years. They proudly released this record on the band’s 8th Birthday – May 4, 2018 – at their beloved SF local haunt, Bottom of the Hill. The remainder of 2018 consisted of extensive tour support for Tectonic throughout the West Coast and out to the Midwest, most notably opening up for Gin Blossoms, Tonic & Vertical Horizon in Island Lake, IL.
Over the past year, SKS has been quietly writing and planning a big relocation effort in the near future to call Wisconsin their home while also spending a good portion of each coming year focusing on touring in Europe as well. Stay tuned for updates!!
Kat Downs is a Musician, Artist, Teacher, Composer, and Performer originally from Green Bay, WI. She began studying music at age six and continued to major in music through high school and college earning a BA Degree in Music from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI. Now living in the Santa Cruz mountains in California, Kat currently works on the Hard Piano Rock duo, Sit Kitty Sit, and a new experimental solo project simply called “Kat Downs”. She is the staff composer for Wily West Productions and has an exclusive studio of piano and flute students. Best known for her intense piano playing style and exceptional lyrical compositions, Kat tours internationally and has shared the stage with such names as LP, The Memorials, Chris Wyse, En Esch, Mona Mur, Erica Dilanjian, Shannon Curfman, Lennon, Javier Mosley, and WASP.
Mike Thompson is a Drummer, Percussionist, Performer and Arranger hailing from the tiny town containing major talent, Westerly, RI. He started officially banging on the drums in private lessons at age 10 and went on to star in his award-winning high school Jazz, Concert & Marching bands. He continued feeding his passion for music by studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA under drumming greats such as Jamey Haddad, Rod Morgenstein and Kenwood Dennard earning a BA Degree in Music Performance and Business. Having played in bands such as The Big Nasty and Tokyo Raid, Mike has shared the stage with many other bands and artists such as Gary Clark Jr., Pat Travers, Chris Wyse, John Vanderslice and Javier Mosley. Now living in the CA Bay Area, he is mainly devoting his time with partner, Kat Downs, to touring nationally and garnering more exposure for their powerhouse Hard Piano Rock duo, Sit Kitty Sit.