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, March 26, 2017

Flashback '96: Raven Kin

This is an amazing song for so many reasons. Nobody ever wanted to hear it live, and I'm pretty sure that most people skip it when it comes up. It doesn't do any of the things you want a song to do!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Rough day

This is a blog about Stillwater Black. We made music a long time ago. And we're making music again.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Today we got Issac back into the studio. He brought his daughter, Sierra. Super sweet girl.

We tinkered a bit more with Longshot. We've never been in this position before. No timelines. No pressure. Access to an amazing creative space. These are variables that don't exactly encourage discipline.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Flashback '96: Judas and the Angel

Alright. We'll admit that Jimi Hendrix practically wrote the opening bars. But if you're going to borrow, borrow from the best!