Justin Maurer is a writer and musician based in Los Angeles. He was born in L.A. but came of age in the Great Pacific Northwest where he recorded 3 albums and embarked on world tours with his storied punk band Clorox Girls. After a decade of nonstop touring, the band fell apart and he worked and lived in Madrid and London. In Europe he toured with Red Dons, sang for Mano De Mono, formed the band Suspect Parts and worked as an English teacher, DJ, tour manager and bartender before a full-circle return to Los Angeles. Justin’s first book “Don’t Take Your Life” (Future Tense Books) was published in 2006. His second chapbook of stories “Seventeen Television” was published in 2013 on Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
To pay the bills, he most recently worked as a dental supply salesman, Uber driver, Thai food delivery boy, American Sign Language Interpreter and Hollywood tour bus driver as well as a freelance writer and contributor to various publications. He is presently failing to option his first feature screenplay “Pulling Teeth” to Hollywood. He sings for the punk/60s pop band L.A. Drugz.and plays guitar in punk/glam band Maniac. He also plays in European apocalypse pop group Suspect Parts and sometimes reunites with Clorox Girls. One of his songs,“Outside Place,” was featured in Hollywood film, “The Lifeguard” (2013). Another song, “All The Time” was featured on the Showtime TV show “Shameless.” He recently had a television appearance in a comedy bit on ABC TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” (See his TV appearance here.)
His music and writing has been featured on podcasts and radio shows such as Mike Watt’s “The Watt From Pedro Show,” Life During Wartime (KBOO), Cherry Blossom Clinic (WFMU), Champagne Problems (KDVS), Gorsky Press podcast (LA), Bam! Radio Show (Italy) and Skid Row Studios (LA).
Maurer’s writing and criticism has appeared in The Rumpus, Vice Spain, Faster Times, Dum Dum Magazine, Trop, L.A. Record, Color Magazine, Maximumrocknroll, Razorcake and Vol 1. Brooklyn.
He is currently recording “Seventeen Television” as an audio book for release in Germany, and working on 2 manuscripts, “Clorox Boy,” a punk rock memoir of his decade on the road with Clorox Girls and “The Way of the Dental Sales Soldier,” his book about working as a traveling dental supply salesman.
He lives and writes in East Hollywood when not being interrupted by his girl and/or his dog.