Mother Stutter of St. Louis Releases Raw Single 'Sweeter Skin'

St. Louis based singer/songwriter Mother Stutter released newest single “Sweeter Skin” last week. The song explores themes of unbalanced love and the raw emotions that come with feeling alone even while being with someone. Mother Stutter once again portrays some of the most painful emotions humans can experience and turns those feelings into a piece of art for the world to hear and appreciate.
”Sweeter Skin” embraces the most vulnerable parts of relationships many people are too afraid to recognize in an authentic way.
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Cover art of Mother Stutter’s newest single. Photo by Kimberly N. Photography

Cover art of Mother Stutter’s newest single.
Photo by Kimberly N. Photography

Do you have any local upcoming sets? When and where, if so?

My band and I will be playing a set on Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at The Juice for Spookapolooza, which is sure to be a spooky good time; and I am playing a set 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Alpha Brewing Company. I’m trying my hardest to take a break from shows in November to focus on writing before playing some surprise pop-up gigs in December.

Your Bandcamp profile mentions you are a classically-trained vocalist. Could you please talk about that a little bit? How many years did you train?

My romance with music started at a very young age. I’ve been a singer for as long as I can remember. For years, I’d keep my whole family up at night because after my mom would put me to bed, I’d stay up singing to myself. Eventually, I took the opportunity to begin classical training at the age of 9 and I continued to train as a first soprano until I was 16 years old. I had some family problems at that time that interrupted my ability to train. But I could never give it up completely — I still sang to myself in private, in my car on the way to work etc. Then, when I was 22, I decided to teach myself piano; that’s when I started writing music.

Could you explain your sound a little bit? How did you get from classical to dark indie rock?

The music is influenced by soul, classic rock, French pop, classical music and indie rock. It’s a complex but raw and broken down sound with gritty lyrics that explore mental health, queerness and feminine identity. I've always had a very wide range of music tastes, and they've all come together in my songwriting. I believe every emotion has a sound and that transcends any genre. I write and create music that realizes things that we often feel but don’t often speak about: grief, trauma, struggles with spirituality, sexual assault and mental illness. I give people permission to connect with themselves and each other in a truly authentic way.

Passion exudes on the stage during Mother Stutter’s performance in May of 2018. Photo by Mr. Incredible

Passion exudes on the stage during Mother Stutter’s performance in May of 2018.
Photo by Mr. Incredible

What/who inspires you to keep creating your art?

Well, I have some mental illness and trauma that art really helps me deal with. So, running the risk of sounding cliché: art keeps me sane. It’s like there’s a gaping, empty feeling in my chest that can only be relieved when I’m painting, writing or performing. I have to believe there is something bigger than my personal pain and I owe it to the world to create something meaningful from it. I take my inspiration from all sorts of places. Very often, I’m just trying to turn the hideous parts of myself into something beautiful. For the most part, I’m offering up the vulnerable pieces of myself, sometimes the parts of myself that frighten me, and I’m seeking to unearth some sort of human truth from it.

Explain some about your newest release "Sweeter Skin." What are you trying to convey through it?

“Sweeter Skin” is an amalgamation of a few different unsatisfying relationships that I’ve had throughout my life. It’s that young non-romance, that unrequited love, that love that feels fleeting when you’re together. It’s about people who make you feel lonely when you’re with them but, for some reason, you still want to be with them. I feel there are people you’re with throughout your life that are basically self-harm in the form of a relationship.

The chorus is inspired by a casual relationship that I had, where my partner was seeing someone else. And I knew that that “someone else” would be good for them, better than I ever could be. So, it’s not, necessarily about being the other woman, “I MADE myself your mistress.” It’s about the awareness that you aren’t “the one” for this person. It’s about knowing that there is someone out there who could love them better and consciously getting in the way of that because the alternative is being alone.