Indie-folk band Shook Twins back in Steamboat Friday
June 15, 2017
A sway of the subconscious, imaginative superpowers and a chicken friend named “Rose” represent the eclectic music style of the Shook Twins, who offer listeners the unexpected.
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the indie folk-pop band the Shook Twins is comprised of sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook and backed by Niko Daoussis, Josh Simon and Bara Brown. Starting out in 2004 as a band with a grassroots following of fans, Shook Twins is now selling out shows, touring constantly and even performing at Red Rocks Amphitheater last summer, opening for longtime musical idol, Ani DiFranco.
The Shook Twins will be back in Steamboat Springs at 10 p.m. Friday at Schmiggity's.
On stage, the quirky group is known to play a variety of percussive and ambient vocal loops with instruments ranging from an occasional giant golden egg, beat-boxing, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, mandolin, electronic drums, glockenspiel, ukulele and even a telephone receiver retrofitted as a microphone.
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Earlier this week, Explore Steamboat caught up with Laurie Shook to find out what her group’s soundscape full of surprises and harmonies is all about.
Explore Steamboat: What was it that first inspired the two of you to pursue music together? Were you known to perform around the house when you were kids?
Laurie Shook: Indeed. We were always singing and making up dance routines for our parents and their friends. There’s a video of 6-year-old us singing Sinead O’Connor in the backyard with mullets. We first started learning guitar at the end of high school. We had been singing in choir for seven years and wanted to finally write a song we could perform on our own. It was because Katelyn had a crush on a boy who played guitar, and he gave her one for graduation. So, once she started to learn, of course I had to as well. Then it just grew from there.
ES: Why did you guys decide to add more members to the band and how have those people influence the sound of the Shook Twins music?
LS: For most of our career, we have had at least one person in our band. We were a duo when we first moved to Portland and that was nice to keep it simple for a while, but then we got board and started really hearing our limitations as instrumentalists. We needed to add some shredders. It’s really nice to strip it down to a duo, which we still do sometimes, but we certainly have more groove, womp, and texture when we have drums bass and electric guitar! Plus it’s more fun to have all our homies playin with us!
ES: What is the songwriting process like? Is it fairly collaborative with everyone? What are some of your main inspirations?
LS: It’s collaborative sometimes. We have written a couple songs as a band, but mostly Katelyn and I hole up in a cabin somewhere and sit there for 10 hours a day until a few songs happen to us. It’s easier to really submerse ourselves and avoid distractions. We are really inspired by the Barr Brothers, Gregory Alan Isakov and Bjork.
ES: How is the Shook Twins sound unique to other indie-folk music/groups out there today? How would you explain your sound?
LS: Emotional folk mixed with some eerie electronic poetry. We describe it as eery indie folk pop, with haunting identical twin harmonies, beat boxing, a telephone and an occasional giant golden egg. It’s a unique genre — ha.
ES: What can audiences expect to see at the show this weekend?
LS: Our full band playing some songs that will make you sway and some that will spin a disco ball around, having a grand time and laughing. Schmiggity’s and steamboat springs rule and we are stoked and honored to play here again!
If you go:
What: Shook Twins
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave