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  I got the chance to meet up with the Shook Twins, made up of Katelyn and Laurie Shook, and ask them a few questions about their music and their lives We had a few laughs, and I learned that these girls have a great sense of humor, are lovely, charming, ambitious and talented. And hungry. Hungry for life and hungry for Joelís burritos. They are Sandpoint natives, and divide their time between there and Moscow, where they are finishing college at the University of Idaho, with degrees in communication.

 The Shook Twins

  I got the chance to meet up with the Shook Twins, made up of Katelyn and Laurie Shook, and ask them a few questions about their music and their lives We had a few laughs, and I learned that these girls have a great sense of humor, are lovely, charming, ambitious and talented. And hungry. Hungry for life and hungry for Joelís burritos. They are Sandpoint natives, and divide their time between there and Moscow, where they are finishing college at the University of Idaho, with degrees in communication.
 
  They play gigs here, there, and everywhere in between. Be sure to catch them live - their contagious banter is even better in person, and their music is a refreshing blend of wisdom and innocence, which is deepening and becoming more mature and well rounded by the day. Being twins, they have what seems to be an innate sense of harmony, and their lilting voices blend together in divine consonance. And Laurie beat boxes, which is pretty awesome.


Jenna: Are you girls sisters? You look a lot alike.

Katelyn and Laurie: Laughter

K: Actually Iím her mom
L: We shared a womb, and a room, cheap rent

J: Capos, your thoughts?

K: I cannot live without capos

L: First of all, we should have them surgically implanted, because we forget them all the time

K: We noticed that Ani (Difranco, one of their main influences) uses them, so thatís cool

L: They are beautiful things, they make life easier, and I am all about making life easier.

J: I have noticed that your music is outrageous, you have clearly been influenced by such bands as Jem and the Holograms. What are some other late 80ís early 90ís cartoons that have influenced your musical career?

K&L: Oh my god, the Gummy Bears, (here is when they burst into song, expertly covering the Gummy Bears theme) and Fraggle Rock (more singing) oh my god, Fraggleís rock

J: Whatís the coolest about living in Moscow
and Sandpoint?

L: We have two rooms,

K: The wormhole (an obscure inside joke about time travel)

J: Jem and Fraggle Rock aside, who are some other musical acts who have influenced you?

K&L: Ani Difranco, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews, Cold play, Bjork, New Kids on the Block, (giggle) no, but, for real, NKOTB, itís the right stuff

They play gigs here, there, and everywhere in between. Be sure to catch them live - their contagious banter is even better in person, and their music is a refreshing blend of wisdom and innocence, which is deepening and becoming more mature and well rounded by the day. Being twins, they have what seems to be an innate sense of harmony, and their lilting voices blend together in divine consonance. And Laurie beat boxes, which is pretty awesome.
J: Name your top 5 singer/songwriters of all time. They can be different from each other. Thatís not really a question.

K: Ani Difranco, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Lamontagne,

L: Dang it, you stole mine, theyíre are all the same, but Iíll take Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) instead of Joni, but Joniís awesome

K: F#@k, I mean, shoot, I want Sam Beam too!

J: Do you believe current pop music trends are the miserable and untimely death of the heart and soul of music?

K: Pop music, like Brittany (Spears), etc, is important, because there has to be something out there that is the opposite of good, and pop is the opposite of good

L: Listeners are fed up and angry with that crap, so they are more inclined to look for something beautiful - itís like it fuels the revolution against itself, towards better music

J: How would you describe your sound, other than truly truly truly outrageous?
K&L: Soft folk Christian death metal, (giggle) with a little beat box on the side, to wash it down

J: On your new live CD, I have noticed a few curse words. Is this a conscious step towards a more thug - like image, or are you just potty mouths?

K&L: Laughter

K: Itís my fault

L: She always slips, maybe cusses a little too much

K: But thatís really who we are, so f@#k it

J: What is it about beat boxing that is so freaking cool?

L: White chick from Idaho, no one expects it

K: And it sounds like a drum

L: A face drum

J: How do you strike the balance between success and selling out? If you make money at something you love, is it still art, or does a paycheck ruin its integrity?

L: I donít think a paycheck ruins integrity, more power to you if you can change peoples lives and make a living doing it, as long as you keep doing what you were doing before you started making money, then thatís awesome

K: success in a musical career is measured by how many people know about you, how many people you reach, and if more people like you, buy your albums and come to your concerts, than you make more money, but I wouldnít look at fans like dollar bills, more like how excited I was to have so many people listening to us

L: itís all about your intent, if you are still spreading your message than its not selling out

J: Why?

L: Because everybody is different

K: Because because because because because, because of the wonderful things he does

There you have it, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, in all their glory. Learn more about the Shook Twins, how to buy their CDís, and where they are playing next, by visiting their website, www.shooktwins.com

The Shook Twins - Mother and daughter music act
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