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, September 18, 2020


It's been two years since our last release.

One of the things I am most proud of with Stillwater Black is our sense of priority. We have obligations to ourselves, our families, and our communities that come before the sheer joy and magic of our coming together to make music.

 It's hard to live with obligation, but we lean into those responsibilities to make sure they're handled.

And that's why we had to write this song. This was an obligation.

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Young people are disproportionately affected by suicide, quite often through a phenomena called by some the "same-day suicide" effect.

Young people have neither the experience nor the neurological development to support long-term thinking. When life throws them a desperate curve ball, they often have no confidence in the possibility of things ever getting better. Suicide can become a sudden and very compelling option.

Veterans are at terrible risk. Addled with injuries and trauma from combat, the loss of friends, and the moral ambiguity of contemporary military campaigns, this is a population that suffers tremendously. And, like other at-risk populations, they are unlikely to seek help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a critical resource. For many, it is their only link to survival.

And that's why we have made the decision to forward ALL proceeds from this song through the month of September to the Lifeline.

This is a situation where your money could actually save a life. And you also get what we think is a pretty good song.

Please give what you can here.

Keep well and take care of one another.

No comments:

Post a Comment