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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


New music.

Let's keep fathers close to their children.


Thursday, April 12, 2018


Sometimes I'm OK.

And sometimes I'm not.

It comes in waves.

I have a friend who said he could teach me to surf. He's a good friend. He even helped me pick out a wetsuit.

But mornings are dark and cold. The water is black and loud. I haven't gone with him for those reasons and others.

I imagine him out there, though. Before first light, waiting on top of the water and then gliding over all that tumbling chaos.

I'm scared to do it. But someday, I might have to.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

We are cancer

Chris wrote a song and in it he wonders why "we kill ourselves like a cancer."

Monday, March 26, 2018


We've always been interested in women playing a bigger role in the Stillwater Black sound.

Monday, February 26, 2018


It's been just about two months since we've written anything here. My dad died December 27th, 2017, just two days after our last blog post. God bless him and have mercy upon his soul.