The Portland-based indie folk group Shook Twins has released their track “Shake” via Northern Transmissions. The track appears on their forthcoming EP, 2, out November 03, 2017. Listen to “Shake” here.

“We wrote this song 4 years ago and it’s meaning is even more poignant. It’s about the pending natural disaster of the Cascadia Subduction Zone shifting off the coast of Oregon and causing a catastrophic earthquake that could end us all in the NW,” says Laurie Shook. “The world is currently overtaken by greed and money and natural disasters. As we wrote this song, we imagined a good hearted couple surviving the disaster, starting over from scratch and rebuilding their lives with their own 2 hands, and this time greed doesn’t win, and a different world is born. It’s interesting to hear this song so stripped down as just a duo, I think it’s more about the story this way.”

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.”

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 SlimThe LumineersMason 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
10/26 – 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