Shook Twins

Shook Twins

“I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition, without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” – Neil Gaiman, New York Times – Best-Selling Author
“The Portland, Ore., folk group is ready to rattle the music world with its ‘What We Do’ album.” – USA Today
“The Shooks will Shake you. These ladies have been keepin’ it real since the day they were born and that was only seconds apart from one another I think. Do yourself a favor and check ’em out. I do declare, ya won’t be sorry.” – Langhorne Slim
“The Shook Twins put on a heck of a show. Keep your eyes on these folks. I’m excited to hear what they do next.” – Tucker Martine
“A unique, personal music that lights up the stage with its joy and enthusiasm.” – Mason Jennings

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie are the main songwriters, but they also back up their band member Niko Slice (electric guitar, mandolin and vocals) adding his uniquely compelling songs to the mix. Barra Brown is on Drums, vocals and Drum Pad, and Josh Simon is on Bass, vocals, Electric guitar, and synth. Central to Shook Twins’ sound is their wide range of instrumentation: banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, mandolin, electronic drums, face drum (beat-box), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo-head drumming and their signature Golden Egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation, coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s re-purposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.
Their eclectic style fluctuates from song to song; drawing from their life experience they write about being potters’ daughters, the sway of the subconscious, imagined superpowers and a chicken friend named ‘Rose.’ Shook Twins also pull out unexpected covers on classic hits as well as their friends’ songs. After releasing their first album You Can Have the Rest, the twin sisters moved to Portland where they released Window (featuring Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival). Both albums were recorded and produced in Santa Cruz, California, at InDigital Studios with Brody Bergholz and Mason Rothchild. Shook Twins recorded their third album, What We Do, with Grammy nominated producer Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studios. They are currently recording new music at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR with Justin Phelps.
After releasing their first album You Can Have the Rest, the twin sisters moved to Portland where they released Window (featuring Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival). Both albums were recorded and produced in Santa Cruz, California, at InDigital Studios with Brody Bergholz and Mason Rothchild. Shook Twins recorded their third album, What We Do, with Grammy nominated producer Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studios. They are currently recording new music at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR with Justin Phelps.
Shook Twins have shared the stage with artists including: Ryan Adams, Gregory Alan Isakov, Greensky Bluegrass, Mason Jennings, Blitzen Trapper, Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, David Grisman, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Laura Veirs, The Fruit Bats, Jonathan Brooke, JJ Grey and MoFro, The Indigo Girls, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, The BoDeans, Elephant Revival and more.
Spanning the spectrum from distinctive and genuine to amusing and whimsical, Shook Twins’ laid-back and fun stage presence draws the listener in, allowing them to take the audience on an adventure. 2016 saw the band opening up for Greensky Bluegrass on a 13 show tour, supporting Keller Williams for several shows in Northern California, and playing Red Rocks Amphitheater with Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani Difranco. The band also embarked on a Spring tour to Europe where they played two festivals in Germany and six shows in the UK. Festivals for this year included WinterWonderGrass Tahoe (CA), Huckleberry Jam (ID), Safety Harbor Fest (FL), Apple Jam Music Festival (OR), Beaverstock (CA), Summer Camp Music Festival (IL), Revival Fest (MN), Northwest String Summit (OR), Fayetteville Roots Festival (AR), Summer Meltdown (WA), Oregon Country Fair (OR), Suwannee Roots Revival (FL) and more!
Shook Twins have never been sonically confined to the indie-folk world in which they’ve become well-known artists. Always harnessing an adventurous spirit, Shook Twins are never shy to incorporate beat boxing, banjo-head drumming, vocals using a re-purposed telephone microphone, and other ambient sources within their arrangements. On their latest single, “Call Me Out” (Release Date: August 19, 2016), Shook Twins once again take another leap from the acoustic music scene with a vibey, pop-infused soundscape with a poignant message ready to be embraced by the masses. Lush harmonies, delayed banjo pickin’, deep drums, and multi-layered lead vocals draw the listener into this intimate breakout summer 2016 single.

Brooke Annibale

Singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale's new EP, Words in Your Eyes, showcases a rising talent in the midst of an intriguing transition. The EP features less of the acoustic folk pop sound that has appeared on her previous releases—particularly on her stunning 2011 full-length release, Silence Worth Breaking, which Stereo Subversion called "phenomenal," and Glide Magazine hailed as "the kind of record that some artists wait their whole lives to make"—and focuses instead on an electric sound mixed with ambient sensibilities and lots of orchestration. Some of the tracks were written during the Silence sessions, and while they did not make the final cut for that record they still help this EP feel even more like a transition from the Silence era to whatever she has in mind next. And as Annibale admits, there is plenty on her mind these days.


"It's hard to organize it all," Annibale says with a laugh. "I already have four or five other songs I'm working on. It's a situation where you're not even finished with one project and you've already got to start planning for the next one. That's sort of how I feel right now. I haven't even released the EP yet, but I'm already planning for the next thing, whatever it is, and trying to create that."


Motivated by a desire to continuously create in and be inspired by the moment, Annibale is not one for laziness or complacency. That being said, the six tracks that comprise Words in Your Eyes are worth stopping whatever you are doing so they can be savored. "Silence Worth Breaking"—which did not make the final cut for the album it was named after—features Annibale's new electric-meets-ambient sound and razor-sharp lyrics about the importance of communicating even if the subject is a difficult one. The title track combines Annibale's acoustic sensibilities with swelling orchestration and her haunting, honey-smoked vocals as she sings about how damaging silence can be when our eyes say the things our mouths cannot. And on the album's exquisite closing track, "Tragically Beautiful," Annibale casts her spell on the listener with layered violins, a painfully gorgeous-sounding ukulele and a story about a love that will endure despite the odds, which stands as one of the album's primary themes.


Words in Your Eyes was produced by engineer Justin March, who works at The Smoakstack in Nashville. March and Annibale attended Belmont University at the same time and it was actually March who told Annibale about The Smoakstack, which gave her the urge to want to record Silence Worth Breaking there in late 2010. The positive experience she had made her eager to want to work at the Smoakstack again. Working with March was just as magical for her, largely because it stretched her as a musician.


"I always felt very involved in the production process," Annibale says. "We just started from scratch and said, 'Okay, how far can we get on these songs without bringing in anyone else on instruments?' And so I ended up playing instruments that would definitely be outside the box for me. I ended up playing the piano and marimba just because they were in the room, so it was definitely fun."


And while fun is something the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and current Nashville resident is into, her songs demonstrate the powerful need for her to create and communicate with the world in a meaningful way. Songwriting is not something she takes lightly because it is something she truly loves.


"Music is my ultimate passion in life. It's really the only thing I ever see myself doing for the rest of my life," Annibale says. "It's always been the way I process what's going on in my life and express what I'm experiencing. I don't think there's really any better way to express myself or relate to other people than through music. It's just really powerful."


So while Words in Your Eyes marks a transition for Annibale in terms of her sound and acts as a bridge from Silence Worth Breaking to whatever lies ahead, her devotion to songwriting remains ever the same. Words in Your Eyes is a masterful release from an artist whose career is only just beginning.

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