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.

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!

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  1. Stillwater Black is back! Thank you for the front row seat during the band’s early years, the days of sneaking in to some of the rehearsals, watching you perform live at different venues around Riverside county, and witnessing first-hand the creative process behind some of the music from the ADAM album. What an eye-opening experience for me at that time, a girl who had not been exposed to much alternative-type music (say what?). I don’t know that I can pick a favorite song – some like Fragile and Common Thing have meaningful messages for me, or Hylas and Most Days that are just so damn fun (can’t listen without head-bobbing) – so I’m going to put on some headphones and take stroll down memory lane now that all of these tracks are right here at my fingertips. Stillwater Black is not only a blend of lyrical and musical talent, but it was great to be around you, and it’s heart-warming to know that your connections with one another after all these years must run deep. Thank you for the awesome memories and I look forward to more on the new project!

    1. Awww! What an amazing collection of thoughts here. You were a big part of the fun, Camylyn, and certainly inspiration for much of the music. Chris was just asking about you this past Sunday (6/4). You made an impression!

      I would love to do something live, low-key just to get all of our old friends together some evening. Maybe even make some new ones in the process?

    2. That's so nice, thank you! I remember hanging out at Chris' house listening to you guys rehearse (if only his place wasn't so tiny, haha). If someone told me I'd be at a live show with you and Chris and Stumps listening to some Stillwater Black in 2017, I'd say they were crazy. But crazy is known to happen. I'd dig it!

  2. Good work. I'm glad you guys are together again, and more importantly, able to create and complete songs. The music and lyrics are edgy with a lot of drive and power. Looking forward to your new songs and upcoming concerts. Wishing you lots of success and fulfillment

    1. Great to hear from you, Fazeel. Looking forward to sharing some good times with you and all our friends!