Maurice Spencer has been navigating soulful rock-and-roll waters with his Stiff Sisters since 2016. Fueled by Spencer’s power pop songwriting and backed by boisterous horns, Maurice and the Stiff Sisters have honed their sound by playing a slew of shows in local bars, basements and venues over the years so it’s about time they released some recordings that properly document their songs.
Working with engineer Victor Nash at Destination: Universe!, the band dropped a pair of tracks in May, and with an as-yet-untitled debut LP due out in 2019, the trickle of new Stiff Sisters singles starts afresh today with “Punk Rocker”—“an upbeat ode to the warriors and future mothers of our generation who defend the principles that unite a progressive society,” Spencer says—and will continue with fan favorite "Unlucky In Love" dropping at the end of December.
“Punk Rocker” is also a song “for some people from my old social circle who I had, at various times, crushes on but decided it would never work out. I liked everything about my local punk rock community: the organization, uniting together to put on all-ages shows, orchestrating things like Critical Mass and Food Not Bombs,” Spencer tells. “When I see people display an outward sense of community, goodness and compassion, I can't help but hope that these are the people who choose to procreate.”
Recorded by Brud Giles at Fremont Recording and mixed by Nash at Destination: Universe!, the band have found a fruitfully creative home at the latter space where Nash is “totally willing to let us chase down ideas no matter how ridiculous,” Spencer says. “You know that scene in Bohemian Rhapsody where Queen is swinging an amplifier on a rope? Yeah, that kind of stuff.”