Shook Twins Release New Track + EP out 11/3
The Portland-based indie folk group Shook Twins has released their track "Safe" via Earmilk. The track appears on their forthcoming EP, 2, out November 03, 2017. Listen to "Safe" here. Stream the song here or download here.
"I've been feeling a lot of unsafe love in my life lately. It's just hard to fully trust anything right now," says Laurie Shook. "So I really resonated with the first line "all I want is a love that feels safe" when Katelyn started singing it from the living room in a cabin by a river. I was making breakfast and I stopped and sat down and continued the song because I knew it was going somewhere. It goes on to reach the ones out there that are having a hard time letting go of a love that they had dreamed up in their head. Sometimes, you just have to let go of the dream, and be open to a new one."
The EP finds the group strip down from a full band to inherent power of the group's namesake duo-identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook[banjo, vocals]. In early 2017, they holed up alone in a room with just two voices and two instruments and cut the seven-song collection live to tape, serving up bare bones renditions of fan favorites, covers, and one new tune.
"Musically, it differs from our other studio albums, because it's just two twins in a room performing on two instruments," explains Katelyn. "It's much more raw emotionally and almost vulnerable. It's nice to hear our growth as a duo and notice our individual grooves. It showcases these songs in a different way than they had been or will be recorded. It's just a taste of the simplest core of our band: The Shook Twins."
The group emerged in 2008 with their independent debut You Can Have The Rest followed by Window and 2014's What We Do-which garnered acclaim from USA Today and more. Organically stirring up a buzz, they engendered fandom in fellow creators such as Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who claimed, "They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods." Along the way, the full band, including Niko Slice[electric guitar, mandolin, vocals], Barra Brown [drums, vocals, drum pad], and Josh Simon [bass, vocals, electric guitar, synth], has shared bills with everyone from Ryan Adams to The Indigo Girls.
Shook Twins are currently on tour to support their forthcoming EP and ready their next body of work. ****See below for full-announced tour dates****.
Shook Twins Tour Dates
10/05 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
10/06 - The Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV
10/07 - The Festy Experience (10/07-10/08) - Arrington, VA
10/9 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN
10/11 - Off Broadway - St Louis, MO
10/12 - Knucklehead Saloon - Kansas City, MO
10/13-14 - Basin Springs Park Bandshell - Eureka Springs, AR
10/15 - The Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
10/25 - Humbews - Arcata, CA
10/26 - Hopmonk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA
10/27 - Hangtown Music Festival (10/27-10/28) - Placerville, CA
10/29 - Applegate Lodge - Jacksonville, OR
10/31 - Volcanic Theater Pub - Bend, OR
11/03 - Hi-Fi Music Hall - Eugene, OR
11/10 - Liberty Theatre - Astoria, OR
11/16 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
11/17 - Rhythm and Rye - Olympia, WA
11/18 - Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA
11/24 - The Pearl Theater - Bonner's Ferry, ID
11/25 - The Panida Theater - Sandpoint, ID
12/09 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
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