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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flashback '96: Solitary

I love the build up. And the way the wall of sound just drops out in the final few seconds.

That's kind of the way things work.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

Today is also my oldest daughter's sixteenth birthday.

Only yesterday her mom took her and her three sisters to live with her and her new husband in New York.

Really? You couldn't give me one more day?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flashback '96: Kingfisher

This is probably the most underrated song on the record. We got back-up girls and a percussion break on the bridge. It's got a great hook, two sweet little guitar solos. Sam's bass work is stellar.