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, June 30, 2017

One day to go . . .

Sam. I think your derby's too tight, bro. longshot drops TOMORROW and you've been riding that same note for like the last four days.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Two days to go . . .

Sam. Bro. Really? Like, would it kill you to pay attention? longshot drops in TWO DAYS!!! And you're just . . . wearing flowers?!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Longshot: First look

One of the amazing things about art is trying to understand where exactly it comes from.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Storytime: Recording The Last Virtuous Lady of Athens EP (1994)

After several months of gigging in and around the Inland Empire, we found our most consistent support in Moreno Valley. This was due in large part to a girl named Molly. We’d love to hear from her on this, but here’s what we remember.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Holy promos, Batman!

Chris is a big comic book guy and I know that my brother Sam and I grew up on Batman reruns, so we'll open this by paying our respects to the family of Adam West.


The Batman show hit that sweet spot between engaging entertainment and absolute absurdity. This past Sunday we shot our first ever lyric video, aiming for a similar target.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The San Bernardino Incident

We left the year off the flyer, but we guess it was probably 1993.

We were in the process of recording our first EP and getting better gigs. The headliners for this one was a band called Dramshop, vaguely evocative of Siouxie and the Banshees, but with more reverb. We don't remember anything about the Acoustic Sluts.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Longshot drops 7/1

It's done!!!

Our first song in twenty years, Longshot- written, recorded, mixed, and mastered. And it's a BEAST!