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.

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.

But on the other hand, we get to play. And I hope that, when things are tight enough to eventually release, you'll be able to hear that: the joy and exuberance of men playing. The end result might be heavy and broody. Or it might be bright and jangly. But behind the sound is the reality of men who are enjoying this incredible opportunity to really dig in to their creative selves. And to do so in collaboration is a really bright spot for all of us.

Chris jammed out a new song he's been working on and Issac was quick to bang out a serviceable rhythm track. And there's another piece that we've been playing with, something that might lend itself beautifully to some harmonized vocals. We'll see about that, but for sure it's got the dopest bass line of anything we've written so far.

Doing the math . . . that makes three songs on a Saturday!

I really hope you guys get to hear this stuff.

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