NAS 10 Questions with Maurice and the Stiff Sisters

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

[Interview Number 37]

This time, we get to know Maurice and the Stiff Sisters. Their track "Fender XII" is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.

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Okay, let’s get into the Ten questions for Maurice and the Stiff Sisters!

𝟭. 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝗯𝗯𝘆? We are from Portland, Oregon. My hobby is building and modifying effects pedals. Our sax player Aaron Mattison is a skilled wood worker (look up his business On Larch Mountain), our trombone player Bryant Byers is a talented artist (pen and ink impressions, and one-line-drawings). Bass player Mike Doherty is an excellent amateur chef and professional sommelier, and our drummer Dave Shur is a fortune teller, crystal ball and everything.

𝟮. 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰/𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻? I was no good at sports. Just awful. The last person picked to be on the team? I was usually assigned to the better team to even the odds.

Just kidding (kind of). I was introduced to music in 4th grade, playing trombone in school band. Never stopped.

𝟯. 𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀?

I love pop-minded songwriters like Nick Lowe, Robyn Hitchcock and Jonathan Richman - folks who filter their experiences through the rose-tinted glasses of psychedelia and power-pop. But Pink Floyd (especially Syd Barrett era) is my all-time go-to classic.

𝟰. 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰? Wrote my first song on my mother's acoustic guitar before I knedw how to play chords. This is at age 15. I found the cassette tape the other day....waiting until courage allows me to play it.

𝟱. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆? To engender 1,000 fans of our music in every medium-sized market in the USA and Canada. Then convince them to join our religion.

𝟲. 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲? Your house, right now.

My favorite natural amphitheater is the Red Rocks outside of Denver, Colorado. The Mile High city! The air is thin up high in the Rocky Mountains but the sound in that natural environment is something you should hear for yourself.

𝟳. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗴? While "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens never fails to cheer me up and is my go-to soundcheck song, I think that the best song ever composed is "The Universe Song" by Eric Idle of Monty Python. It's both optimistic and nihilistic at the same time, cheery and maudlin, and educational (although the facts and figures are a little out of date...)

𝟴. 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁? Oh! That would have to be the time I prematurely declared myself the winner of the 2020 United States Presidential election, then refused to concede once it had been established that I had lost both the popular vote and the electoral college. How embarrassing!

𝟵. 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁?

My proudest accomplishment has been recording our debut album, "Welcome To Love," and releasing it on 12" vinyl. The production is spot-on, the artwork absolutely pops in a larger format, and I couldn't be more proud of the songs, how the lyrics came together, and the communal effort and commitment that this group has put in.

𝟭𝟬. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗯 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲?  One of these days I would like to record an song with a few of my favorite producers: John Congleton (the pAper chAse), Dave Friedman (Flaming Lips), larry Crane (Elliott Smith), Brian Eno (Brian Eno), John Brion (Robyn Hitchcock), Jim O'Rourke (Wilco).

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