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, April 16, 2017


I've been banging away on the black hollow-body. Lots of music coming up.

I've been drumming for the last couple of decades and the first thing to come up was a tune with me fretting chords with my left hand and slapping the strings with my right. With the rear pickup selected, the slapped strings sparkled with all of these brilliant harmonics. Lyrically there's no question that my current confusion about relationships is something I'm going to be sorting out for awhile.

A few weeks later another song came up that I got really excited about. I sent it to Chris and he really liked it. I sent it to a percussionist friend, Tyler Hunt, because I was hearing glockenspiel. Really. This one might have glockenspiel. We'll see.

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