Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, add an endearing quirkiness to the old-timeliness of folk music- a true reflection of blending generations- with each song they play as The Shook Twins. Joined by Kyle Volkman, to form the core trio, The Shook Twins have musically pranced their way all over the Pacific Northwest. We chatted with Katelyn and Laurie Shook to see what goes on behind this gem of a harmonizing geminate production.
The Triple Door: What was the first album you ever purchased? Do yo still have it?
Katelyn Shook: Most likely it was New Kids on the Block! They were our first concert as well, when we were 6. I don't have their album (or tape) anymore.. sadly.
Laurie Shook: Maybe the Free Willy soundtrack. I remember listening to that a lot!
TD: What's your music guilty pleasure?
K: I'd have to say the same here, New Kids on the Block for nostalgia mostly. Also, some Tiffiny and Janet Jackson, for sure.
L: New Kids on the Block
TD: Name the number 1 song listed on you iTunes' "25 Most Played" playlist?
K: Skinny Love by Bon Iver, but I don't know how accurate that is!
L: All is Full of Love by Bjork
TD: What was the first song you ever sang?
K: Couldn't tell you the first song I EVER sang, but the first documented song is probably us singing Sinead O'Conner's version of Nothing Compares to You on camera in the backyard when we were 6. First song I ever played, on the guitar, was Waiting on an Angel by Ben Harper.
L: When we were tiny girls, we used to sing a song we made up every time we drove to our Grandma's house. These were the lyrics: " we're on our way to Grandma's house, it's not too buzz, it's not too buzz" still don't know what that means!!
TD: If you could play with any musician, living or dead, who would it be?
K: Ani Difranco
L: Ani Difranco or Andrew Bird
TD: What was the best concert you ever attended?
K: The Flaming Lips
TD: Describe you sound in three words:
K: quirky ambient folk
L: quirky loopy folk
TD: What's your most embarrassing on stage experience?
K: Don't really have one...
L: One time Kyle dropped his upright bass on me after trying to spin it and missing the catch!! but that was just more hilarious than embarrassing!
TD: What inspires you to play music?
K: Everything, but mostly because it's a unique opportunity to make others happy.
L: Because it feels right, and it makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something I was meant to do.
TD: What hidden talents do you have?
K: I can purr
L: Purring like a cat
TD: Who is your musician crush?
K: Andrew Bird and Feist
L: Elephant Revival
See The Shook Twins with Dan Rodriguez from Elephant Revival live on November 8 at 8:00 pm on The Triple Door Mainstage. Purchase tickets here>>