Friday, October 5, 2018

Maurice and The Stiff Sisters

Camp Crush

Ancient Oak

White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon

9 p.m.

$8 in advance, $8 day of show

21 and over

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About Maurice and The Stiff Sisters

Maurice and The Stiff Sisters

With their own blend of pure pop for now people, Maurice and the Stiff Sisters is made from only the finest local ingredients.  

Inspired by troubadours such as Nick Lowe, Robyn Hitchcock and Jonathan Richman along with horn-powered soul and rock 'n roll, Maurice and the Stiff Sisters push the boundaries in pursuit of fine songcraft. Filtered through the rose-tinted glasses of psychedelia and power-pop, the music weaves daring horn lines and serpentine guitar riffs through Merseybeat rockers and cheeky sambas. It's an undeniably upbeat, positively danceable affair.

The band's origins can be found in Chico, CA with frontman/songwriter Maurice Spencer and his lust for snapping audiences out of their navel-gazing slumber. His background in theater and music journalism was the spring-loaded platform that propelled him from curating song compilations and theatrical composition to an impresario fronting a bonafide live experience.

There's something rare in the grand cacophony of today's musical class: bands that provided a live experience. Not just a performance, not tuning for two minutes between songs, not offering excuses about why something sounded better in rehearsal the night before kind of affair, but a real experience. Something that people talk about afterwards; a group that melts faces, that puts on a showand that never forgets the whole purpose is to entertain so that for one short hour people could forget about their long, boring, meaningless hours working at the vape store, the karaoke bar, or the Tatertot Taco cart (which is amazing, everyone should go there...) and have an honest to goodness thing happen.

Every band needs a story. The Maurice and the Stiff Sisters story is that they put on a ripping live show. Sometimes people need to be told it's okay to fucking dance.

From their headquarters in Portland, Oregon, to their rural compound in picturesque Hockinson, Washington, Maurice and the Stiff Sisters add accelerants to the fire, smoke life to its filter and dance through the ashes. 

Maurice Spencer - vocals/guitar
Michael Doherty - bass guitar
Dave Shur - drums
Aaron Mattison - tenor saxophone
Bryant Byers - trombone

Future Historians, Ezra Bell, PWRHAUS, The Yule Logs, Salem Symphony Orchestra

About Camp Crush

Camp Crush

Camp Crush is an exploration of new wave rock and melodic pop writing, fronted by forever sweethearts, Chris Spicer & Jen Deale. Weaving together a blend topical lyricism and whimsical danceable pop melodies, Camp Crush makes you feel like you're at the High School prom you wish you had.

Camp Crush is preceded by Santiam, the band's previous iteration. Santiam began as a folk trio and quickly progressed as Jen Deale & Chris Spicer (drums, vocals, songwriter, producer) teamed up with Portland rock veterans Nate Purscelley (bass, vocals) and Chandler Strutz (lead guitar) to evolve the band into a more danceable rock sound.