When Katelyn and Laurie Shook graduated from the University of Idaho in 2006, like a lot of fresh-faced college grads these days, they decided to put their Radio/TV production degrees on the back-burner. The plan? Concentrate on their folk band instead. The Shook Twins now call Portland, Oregon home and have been touring relentlessly around the Northwest for the last several years; in 2011, they released their second album Window, a gorgeous collection of traditional sounding dark folk that suggests putting the real world on hold was a great decision (check out this live version of “Time to Swim,” featuring killer harmonies, looping banjos and percussion via chopsticks).
Below is a new song called “Hooks,” recorded live on March 11 in their hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho. “It’s a healing song that presented itself to Katelyn at the right time,” Laurie Shook tells Hive. “This song had been trying to claw its way out of her head for years, and once it came out, she felt she could finally let go of her last love, who has actually given her many other songs as well.”Shook Twins - Hooks