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, 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.