Paper Doll is the first single and music video from Sit Kitty Sit’s fourth album, Tectonic. The full album will release on May 4, 2018. The video takes an excruciating look at the sensation of being suicidal – an emotional state where the mundane becomes menacing and day-to-day survival requires wearing a mask in public. Watch here
Shortly after the release of their third album, Everlasting Fire, Sit Kitty Sit’s lead vocal and pianist, Kat Downs, went through a seven-month suicidal depression. Even having struggled with depression since her late teens, Downs was caught off guard by the intensity of the experience. In her personal blog she described the feeling as “shattered”: “Being Shattered means you don’t have any more to give…One more blow comes at you and instead of even raising your arms to defend yourself, you just let it hit you…You are in pieces you could never put back together. Like a light bulb that’s been stepped on.”
When words didn’t fully satisfy her she composed “Paper Doll” to capture her personal experience with the sensation of being suicidal in the hopes that speaking more openly about the taboo topic would diffuse the stigma surrounding it and help others who are struggling with depression. “I know there are a lot of people out there going through “Shatterings” of their own – please know that I’m there with you. Please feel free to reach out. We will all be okay.”
Sit Kitty Sit is a Hard Piano Rock duo based in San Francisco, California. Since 2010 Kat Downs (piano/vocals) and Mike Thompson (drums) have let loose an expertly manipulated balance of blow-your-mind power rock and virtuosic intricacy that leaves audiences screaming. Typically described as “The Dresden Dolls mixed with PJ Harvey and Muse”, Sit Kitty Sit has toured all over the US and Europe and shared the stage with such names as Listener Family Band, Birdeatsbaby, and LP. Their fourth studio album, Tectonic, releases May 4th, 2018. No holds barred, Sit Kitty Sit produces addictive rock n’ roll – with only two people and not one guitar in sight.