Kat Wilson’s career blew up with the release of her 2018 EP, We Are Bored, which features the WA Music Industry Association (WAM) Award nominated track Ghost, initially released in 2017. Later in 2018, Wilson released follow up single, Sitting Alone, and was nominated for even more WAM Awards in the Best Blues and Roots and Best EP categories. In this time, Wilson and her Trio have also sold out venues, toured across Western Australia and nationally, and had their music featured on local and national radio stations across Australia, including Triple J.
Kat Wilson has played at WAMFest, Fremantle Folk Festival, Nannup Festival and Fairbridge Festival and is booked to play The West Australian Guitar Festival in October. Wilson has also played supports for Jeff Marti, Motor Ace and Datura4 (Dom Mariani), and has upcoming supports with Russell Morris, Nathan Cavaleri and From The Jam. Her third EP was released in August 2019.
Suffice to say, there’s a lot of interest in Kat Wilson and her music right now.
Described as a mash up of Paul Kelly and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kat Wilson’s sonic brew is infused with hours spent sitting on council verge-collection furniture and playing ping pong. The music is taut, sweet and drenched in the azure of the WA coastline that is a core part of Wilson’s heritage. Add to that lyrics that come from a sharp observational eye and speak with a poet’s knack for creating meaning out of the ordinary, and you begin to get a sense of just what Wilson is capable of.
Kat Wilson’s unique and beguiling voice is entirely her own, no comparisons will prepare you for her sound. Her songs effortlessly fuse pop with coastal blues and just a dash of folk, along with the ability to shred on her guitar with the best of them. Know this, and you may just come close to understanding what Kat Wilson was put on Earth to do.
Best just go see one of her shows.
“The vocal haunts of Kat can be likened to taking a plunge into a wintery sea: bone-chilling but utterly refreshing.” • Joe Harris, Tone Deaf.
“When Kat Wilson took the stage, it didn’t seem right for her to give it back.” • The Music.
“And then there’s the voice. It’s dreamy and ethereal, it sounds like summer, and Wilson has the lyrical sensibilities to put it to use telling the sort of observational stories that make you feel like she’s singing about and to you.” • Around the Sound.
Perth – Western Australia, Australia
Kat Wilson – vocals, guitar
Belle Harvey – bass, vocals
Dan Ablet – drums
Hayden van der Merwe