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.

Monday, October 2, 2017


I've been thinking a lot about owls.

Cultures throughout the world associate owls with both foreboding and wisdom.

To me, they are like great, deadly secrets. They hunt at night with silent wings and eyes that see what others cannot.

Could it be that our darkest secrets have the potential to unlock our greatest wisdom? Can it be that our hidden sufferings bring us otherwise unobtainable knowledge? Might it be that each of us is learning through our own dark owl?

I've been thinking a lot about owls.

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