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"Good riddance" was well worth the wait
Sit Kitty Sit Puts a New Spin on the Desire to Reach Back in Time to Fix Past Mistakes with Latest Release
AUGUST 18, 2021 (MENASHA, WI) — "Just watched the ‘Good Riddance’ video. EFFING AWESOME,” exclaimed fan Kat Fur.
For this fan and many others, Friday, August 13, 2021, was a day three years in the making. Why? That’s when Sit Kitty Sit dropped “Good Riddance,” the duo’s first new release since 2018.
Kat Downs and Mike Thompson, who’d been touring almost non-stop since 2013, used their down time during the pandemic to move their base of operations from San Francisco, California, to the Fox Valley, build the in-home studio they’d always dreamed of having, and write and record “Good Riddance.”
“It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for us since we made the decision in the fall of 2019 to move to Wisconsin. Leaving a place Kat and I both called home for 15+ years to finally step into music full-time was a major life change,” says Thompson. “Add a world health crisis on top of that and you’ve got a serious emotional rollercoaster going on.”
“‘Good Riddance’ was the first thing that poured out of us once we settled into our new home studio,” continues Thompson.
Satisfied with what they’d accomplished sonically, the hard rock duo turned to director Ryan Klassa to bring the story to life visually.
“Music videos can be challenging because the band has already shaped the story the way they want it told,” remarks Klassa. “Their music is the engine pushing everything along. My job is to complement it… making sure its themes aren’t overshadowed.”
“It was an ambitious project that took six months from start to finish; however, having worked with Ryan before we never doubted that he was the right person to partner with us, '' added Downs. “We’ve trusted his vision since he produced the video for our song Paper Doll back in 2018.”
“Good Riddance” helps listeners to see the many opportunities they have to release the negative parts of their past so they can move on to something new and positive, and what can happen over time if they don’t ever take action.
“You don’t have as much time as you think to fix past mistakes,” laments Thompson. The duo and Klassa use the video to hauntingly illustrate this point across three time periods (1880s, 1980s, and 2080s).
“Filming in my parent’s basement was really meaningful to me. It’s a time capsule of the ‘70s and ‘80s; I spent a large majority of my childhood down there. So, being able to incorporate it into our art made my heart happy.”
Planning all the costumes for this entire video took a lot more time than in past videos. I acid washed an old pair of my own jeans for the 1980’s portion, and we thankfully had help from Debra Jolly of the Abrams Theater for the 1800’s costumes. We couldn’t have done it without her,” recalls Downs.
Exploding with signature Sit Kitty Sit sound, think Chopin with a chainsaw, “Good Riddance” is a timely reminder of what happens when you leave things unsaid — whether for years, months or days.
To learn more about Sit Kitty Sit, including checking out their tour schedule, visit https://sitkittysit.com.
- Good Riddance was mixed and produced by Garry Mitchel and Mishkin Fitzgerald at Nest Studios in Brighton UK
- It was mastered by Bob Macciochi at Subvert Central Mastering in Halesworth UK
- The 1880s segment of the video was shot at the Historic Hazelwood thanks to the Brown County Historical Society
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