Band Name: Shook Up
Where are you from? Matt is from Oklahoma, by way of Austin, Texas, but has lived in Seattle for the better part of a decade, so I’d say he’s a legit Seattleite. He did some growing up in the Lake Stevens/Lynnwood areas way back when as well. He’s bounced around quite a bit. Kevin our drummer grew up in the northern parts of Washington as well – Lynnwood and Granite Falls. I myself grew up in south Everett/Mukilteo, and moved to Seattle quite a way back now. In all, I’d say we are true blue Pacific Northwesteners.
How did you meet? Kevin is my cousin and gave me my first guitar lessons when I was 14 and he was 21. Matt and I met when my first band, The Eloquent Liars, played our very first show at the Comet almost eight years ago. Matt’s band, Starving Art Family, were on the bill. We were all in such fine spirits, drinking, laughing and rocking out together that I think the ice breaker was when they covered a Connor Oberst song in a really rockin’ way – I think it was Roosevelt Room? – and I complimented them on it. Been best friends ever since.
If Shook Up had music parents, who would they be? The obvious comparison is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jesus and Mary Chain… but Matt has a real old dusty devil’s soul, you can hear it in his growl. He writes a lot of apocalyptic things, with some really deep cuts and image conjuring. One of his favorite bands is Murder by Death, and I hear a lot of them in what he writes.
What’s on the horizon? Shooting another video shortly for the second single off the upcoming record, which we are about two-thirds done with. We expect to be releasing it this summer. We’ve got some shows in the pipeline ahead of that, the soonest being Thursday April 27, 2017 at the Sunset. We also plan to put out a remix album that also has a couple tracks we are cutting from the first full length, so we are hitting up many of our very talented electronic music producer friends. We hope to have that done by the fall, so BAM – one-two punch!
For more information on their upcoming shows and album, go to their website: HERE. Don’t forget to check out the brand new music video from Shook Up for “Drive”.
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