Friday, 11 October 2019

Shook Twins

Cedar Teeth

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

$15 advance, $20 day of show

All ages welcome

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About Shook Twins

Quirky folk

Shook Twins

"A moving testament to our life and times, Shook Twins' emotive 'Some Good Lives' resonates with warm energy and raw humanity" - Atwood Magazine

"Some Good Lives is as affirming as it is magical." - Popmatters

"The Shook Twins tell it like it is while also making us want to dance." - Glide Magazine

"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 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

Everybody in your life will write his or her own chapter in your story. Take a step back, and you'll see the influence of your loved ones, mentors, and friends in your decisions. Shook Twins refer to these folks in the title of their fourth album, Some Good Lives. Throughout fourteen tracks, the duo-identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals]-pay homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders.

"We realized there was a theme," Katelyn reveals. "Even though our minds are mostly on the women of today and wanting the monarchy to rise up, we have several men in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world we live in. So, it's an album for Some Good Lives that have crossed paths with ours-and to them, we are grateful."

Laurie agrees, "It's also an acknowledgment of our thankfulness of the good life that we get to live."

However, the pair derived their own strength from these relationships. Over the course of three full-length releases and a handful of EPs since 2008, acclaim would come by way of everyone from USA Today and Baeble Music to Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who enthusiastically decreed, "They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods." Beyond gigs with the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco, they captivated crowds at High Sierra Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Summer Camp Music Festival, and Northwest String Summit, to name a few.

During 2016, they planted the seeds for what would become Some Good Lives by thinking bigger. The girls intermittently recorded at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. Within this old library building, "which feels full of stories," they tapped into palpable energy like never before, locking into a groove inside of the spacious, reverberant live room. Moreover, the full band-Barra Brown [drums], Sydney Nash [bass], and Niko Slice [guitar, mandolin]-expanded the sonic palette.

"It took us a long time to find the band that we wanted to record these songs with and for the songs to fully mature," admits Laurie. "Once Barra, Sydney, and Niko joined us, we really started to explore what our music could be. These amazing players helped us realize that we could be more than just 'folk pop'. We started adding other genres to the word like 'disco,' 'psychedelic,' 'funk,' and 'soul.' We really honed in on a new sound."

They initially teased that evolution with the single "Safe." Its airy acoustic guitar and delicate harmonies materialize as a heartfelt and hypnotic rumination on love. The track quickly surpassed 1 million Spotify streams and stoked excitement among audiences for the eventual arrival of Some Good Lives.

"'Safe' was written up at a cabin in the woods," recalls Katelyn. "I had the line 'a love that feels safe' in my mind for a while. That's the only kind of love truly possible and healthy when you're touring and away from your person all the time. You feel like you can trust it, and it's not going to change within either of you-no matter how long and far you are away from each other."

"I was struggling to find that kind of love at the time, and Katelyn had this other perspective," adds Laurie. "It's my breakup song my sister wrote for me," she laughs.

Elsewhere, opener "What Have We Done" struts forward on funky tambourine and boisterous horns before culminating on the shuddering soulful chant, "My God, what have we done?" Inspired by "feeling the Bern," the track serves as a "wake-up-and-do better social commentary to fire people up." Meanwhile, the dreamy "Figure It Out" sways from vivid verses into a catchy and confessional hook.

"To me, it's about being lost and trying to figure 'it' out over and over again," continues Katelyn. "We're always going to be trying to figure things out, and that's okay."

The intimate "Grandpa Piano" draws on 1992 tapes of the girls' grandpa performing on a grand piano during the final weeks of his life. Such moments thematically thread together the record, following its concept.

Katelyn adds, "You can hear our grandma, uncle, and godfather who have all passed on speaking in those clips too. These are little glimpses of those lives that we are honoring. I knew it was the perfect thing to add and complete the theme."

Meanwhile, the album concludes on "Dog Beach"-a song penned by their godfather Ted as his only original composition in 1989. Preserving the raw spirit, Shook Twins tracked their background vocals over the initial tape 28 years after the initial recording. As Ted passed away recently, the song possessed a special place in their hearts.

"It's like our village anthem in a way," says Katelyn. "We made him sing it, and we'd all sing the responses at every campfire we had growing up."

In the end, Shook Twins do Some Good Lives justice by reaching new heights themselves as musicians, lyricists, artists, and women.

"I hope people will hear this music as part of the soundtrack to their lives," Laurie leaves off. "I hope it makes them feel joy, relaxation, or makes them want to dance a little. I hope they're satisfied with the way we captured these songs."

"I want them to feel the love that emanates from the songs: the love of the sounds we made and the love of the people we are honoring through them," concludes Katelyn.

website:
http://www.shooktwins.com/

Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/shooktwins

Spotify:
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Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/shooktwins

Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/shooktwins

YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/shooktwins

Instragram:
http://www.instagram.com/shooktwins/

About Cedar Teeth

Rustic roots rock

Cedar Teeth

Cedar Teeth didn't plan to start a band around the campfires that lit up their Oregon youths in the forests of the Cascade foothills that form a clear-cut divide between Portland and the surrounding wilderness.  The genre bending roots troupe owe their inception to bassist Rayson Gordon, who forged a musical link between friends and provided their secret headquarters: a cedar shed on his grandparents' 40 acre forestland on Green Mountain Road. In their new practice space, campfire tunes turned into intricate songwriting and friendships became a partnership. 

Following their 2014 debut album, Hoot, Cedar Teeth built their reputation on stage, whether at festivals like Summer Meltdown and Wildwood, or at clubs throughout the Pacific NW, where they have joined bands like Fruition, Shook Twins, Motopony, Hot Buttered Rum, and Magic Giant. 

On their 2017 EP, Farewell To Green Mountain, Cedar Teeth explore everything from indie rock and grunge to psych folk and bluegrass, reflecting the diversity inspired by their lives on the dividing line of societal opposites.  Produced by Larry Crane (Elliot Smith, The Decemberists), the EP leans heavily on backwood harmony, allowing complex song structures and off-kilter melodies to support tales of love and war and the moments in between. In one sense, Farewell to Green Mountain is a goodbye to both their formative practice space and the vanishing wilderness and community they knew growing up; a sense of loss that makes its way into songs such as "Cancer" and "Mama's Mourning".  But then again, a voice of defiance emerges in songs like "Winter" and "Echoes Grounding", testaments to renewal and resilience in the face of the dying light. 

While their range of sonic interests and influences defy easy classification, it is difficult not to hear Levon Helm, Rick Danko and company, The Band, hollering from the grave. Indeed, imagery reflecting organic flesh and bone, mingling with gnarled old-growth roots music, is what this band is all about.  Call 'em whatever you like: they are harmonizers and collaborators and Cedar Teeth won't let the fire go out.

Website:
http://www.cedarteethband.com

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/cedarteethband

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/CedarTeethBand

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/cedarteethband/

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