The work of Portland-based indie folk group Shook Twins isn't bound by misguided assumptions about their influences. These aren't some fawning, weightless sounds to pass the time but seriously bold experiments into what lay at the heart of folk music's search for relevance and meaning. Twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook thoughtfully pick apart their folk instincts, discovering new ways to form and explore vast areas of music through emotional connections and compelling rhythmic experiments.
Their last full-length was 2014's "What We Do," although they did release an EP called "2" late last year. These records were marked by a fluid folk adaptation, a loose and mercurial rendering of what we think of when discussing this rural and expansive genre. The band brandishes these familiar (and not-so-familiar) sounds with an expert touch, finding that there is still plenty of mystery and space to document within folk's continuing history.
Recently, the band shared the video for "Call Me Out," and it's filled with a multitude of dreamlike images, including some fairly hypnotic animation that perfectly compliments the folksy experimentation that exists beneath the track's surface. It's soft but fierce in its conjuration of evocative harmonies and subtly shifting percussion. It rolls over you, ebbing and flowing in a single undulating current, finding hidden pathways in its march to the inner chambers of your heart. The spare and atmospheric electronics that float through the song are a welcome addition. There's also a barbed lyrical edge which keeps the intent clear and resolute, offering up a take-no-shit ideology which serves them well.
"'Call Me Out' is a song to inspire people to have the courage to call their friends out on their shit,” explains Katelyn Shook, “and to have the self strength and humility to be called out ourselves. It's important to society to do this once and awhile; to hold ourselves accountable and make each other better humans. The video is a dreamy scape that represents this feeling of complete vulnerability from both sides of this social situation."
Check out the video and their upcoming tour dates below.
Apr 05 - Chico, CA - Chico Women's Club
Apr 06 - Tahoe City, CA - WinterWonderGrass Tahoe (April 6-7)
Apr 08 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 10 - Morro Bay, CA - The Siren (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 11 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 12 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 14 - Las Vegas, NV - Bender Jamboree (April 14-15)
Apr 17 - Phoenix, AZ - MIM (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 18 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 19 - Prescott, AZ - Elks Opera House (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 21 - Basalt, CO - The Temporary (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 22 - Colorado Springs, CO - Stargazzers (with Dustbowl Revival)
Apr 27 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern (with Josh Clauson)
Apr 28 - Eugene, OR - Fiddlehead Festival @ WildCraft Cider Works
May 04 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater (with Daniel Rodriguez)
May 10 - Black Mountain, NC - Leaf Festival (May 10-13)
May 18 - Joshua Tree, CA - Joshua Tree Music Festival (May 18-20)
May 24 - Bradley, CA - Lightning in a Bottle (May 24-25)
May 27 - Novato, CA - HopMonk Tavern - Novato (with Rainbow Girls)
Jun 02 - El Prado, NM - Music on the Mothership (June 2-3)
Jun 21 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest (June 21-24)
Jul 13 - Eastsound, WA - Orcas Center presents Center Stage Live Concert
Jul 14 - Friday Harbor, WA - San Juan Community Theatre
Jul 15 - Lopez, WA - The Lopez Center for Community for and The Arts
Jul 19 - North Plains, OR - Northwest String Summit (July 19-22)
Aug 03 - Loveland, CO - ARISE Music Festival
Aug 24 - Fayetteville, AR - Fayetteville Roots Festival (Aug 24-25)