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 20, 2017

Flashback '96: The Price

This was the first song of ours that I remember hearing over commercial radio.

The station was San Bernardino's X103.9 and I was at work, a nurse at a psychiatric hospital.

But we knew that this was going to be our night, so I got a little portable radio into the nurses' station and called out to a couple of colleagues, "We're gonna' be on the radio!" The other nurses and I sat there and after a couple of commercials and a little introduction, this was the song that they played.

Our first single?

I remember Chris getting ready to track his vocals for this. I couldn't find him, so I went looking. I found him outside sitting in his truck just cranking Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. He wanted to soak up her angry vibe, I guess, but I thought that was hysterical. I laughed.

He flipped me off.

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