Episode 84: The Shook Twins and Taylor Kingman (TK and The Holy Know Nothings)

This episode is a Portland blowout. First, Rob sits down with Taylor Kingman, principal songwriter of the band TK & The Holy Know Nothings. Taylor explains how blowing his voice out at a young age resulted in a burst of writing for him. The band’s debut cd is called, Arguably Ok yet it is actually arguably absolutely excellent. Taylor relates the process behind many of these compelling songs, and maps out his view of the band’s future. He also talks about how he met Jay Cobb Anderson, and why he and drummer Tyler Thompson are now members both of Fruition and of TK & The Holy Know Nothings. Then Seth and Rob chat with twin sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook. The Shook Twins explain how they morphed from music enthusiasts to professional touring musicians. The hosts discuss with the twins about how their latest full-length Some Good Lives represents a more eclectic approach for them, and about the singles they have released even more recently. The sisters tell how Bart Budwig’s mixing skills kept their sound cohesive even though they were adding soul, funk and even disco flavors to their classic indie-folk sound. The band recorded it in an old brick library in Southeast Portland with the assistance of engineer Justin Phelps and his vintage gear and sonic versatility. We also learn about why their first gigs were in Virginia even though they grew up in Idaho, their songwriting process, why it takes a strong man to date a twin, their love of Bernie, the significance of the golden egg and a bunch more.