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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Flashback '96: Common Thing

I've hardly come to terms with my sexual self. At it's best, sex is sacred communion. At it's most depraved, it's abusive and dehumanizing.

For many, it's merely recreational. I can't seem to internalize that possibility, mostly because I understand sex as intrinsically too powerful for that. The stakes, physical, emotional, spiritual, and societal, are very high with sex.

The song is about losing one's virginity. There are some things that cannot be undone.

Like the fact that we sing about yet another willow tree.

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