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.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Flashback '96: Clear Skies

I was never a riff guy.

Cutting my musical teeth on the timeless songs of the American folk revival, I adore a nicely strummed chord and a lovely melody to match. I certainly grew into much heavier, riff-oriented music, but I never really had the guitar chops to write riff-based songs.

This song was a surprise. I remember working out the main riff in my bedroom and being stunned when, after a bit of practice, a melody came to me that I could sing as I played. I don't think I sing over a riff anywhere else on the record.

It's also the only song with Sam leading us in. Listen to that pumping bass intro!

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