Stillwater Black came together in 1991 when Chris Thayer met Ahmed and Sam Pierstorff while playing in the pit band for a high school musical production. Issac McCorkell was quickly recruited on drums and the band recorded its first EP, The Last Virtuous Lady of Athens.

In 1995 they signed with Cleaves Entertainment, a now-defunct independent label based out of Southern California's Inland Empire. Stillwater Black recorded their debut LP, Adam. They played frequently with local and national acts including Dishwalla, Save Ferris, Reel Big Fish, and IE punk/ska mainstays, The Skeletones.

In 1997 the members parted ways and the project lay dormant for two decades.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Flashback '96: Most Days

The songs Chris wrote and sang were often lighter, bouncier affairs with much more mature arrangements than anything I would come up with. Where my writing tended to move from verse to chorus without a lot of musical interest to support the transition, Chris was forever bringing in these little bits that just made everything more . . . adult?

I don't know if that's the best word, but there is a more refined sensibility to his writing, then and now. He and Issac had been playing together at local blues festivals for ages before I had met either of them, and it was and remains a solid partnership. They really come together on Most Days.

Just listen to the little measure/drum fill in the change-up from verse to chorus. So cool. And the two of them singing harmonies on the second and third chorus:

pen to paper
can't find the words

Angel brothers, yo! And that monster bend to kick off the guitar solo! We are SUCH a good band!

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