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, May 6, 2017

Flashback '96: Fragile

I wrote this in my mother's dining room. I think there was actually a box on the floor marked "fragile."

I was grappling with a number of existential issues then (and now), and the figure of Christ came to mind as I wrote. He was a man with so much to teach and share, and yet, in the dominant Christian narrative, his words seemed to take a backseat to the spectacle of his death.

That never sat well with me. It's a disappointingly human pattern, this prioritization of bombast over substance, the emotional over the actual.

Anyhow, in the opening progression you can hear a little "Seattle" bend. We were 90s kids, for sure.

We were running our guitars through our combos in the studio, but on this track the engineer had a Marshall cabinet left over from another session. Chris ran his guitar through that and you can really hear a much more substantial bottom end in the chorus.

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