STEM were founded on 30 July 2017. They are an 4 piece alternative rock band.

After a very short period of time STEM are now defunct. Their Facebook page and their official website disappeared in late 2017. As of 5th Junuary 2018, it appears they cease to exist as a band.

As far as I am aware, no recordings were ever made and no gigs were performed by STEM.

Conterfeit Faith and Paper Mountains

Half of Stem began life in a St Helens band called Counterfeit Faith formed in 2015.

The band then changed their name to Paper Mountains in October 2016.

Hailing from the Bold and Sutton areas, the group were all aged 17 in 2015. The group has had an overhaul on style in line with their ambition to hit the big time, leading to the ‘Paper Mountains’ being born.

The group were managed by ‘One Ten Down Management’ with Al Allison-Hughes and Dave Foreshaw.

Paper Mountains had big plans for 2017 including the release of a debut album, a UK festivals tour and a bursting gig diary across St Helens, the region and nationwide venues.

The band did in fact record tracks that were posted to SoundCloud but they have now been removed. Their own tracks included ‘Giants’, ‘Joyless’ and ‘S.A.D’.

The group says they have been influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Catfish & The Bottle Men, Killers and 1975 and have developed their own “edgy, raw and very likeable brand of rock”.

Their live shows showcased a mixture of choice rock covers and the band’s planned new album material.

The Paper Mountains are now disbanded, allegedly after a fall-out with their Management. James Forshaw and Charlie Hayward moved on to form Stem.


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Band Members:
James Forshaw – Lead Guitar / Vocals
Charlie Hayward – Drums & Percussion
Jack Hughes – Bass Guitar / Vocals
Chris Jones – Lead Vocals (joined 6 October 2017)

The band have a combination of influences which inform their style including The Doors, Paramore, Led Zep, The Beatles, Nirvana, Greenday, The 1975 amongst others.

Charlie Hayward. Drums. Charlie is influenced by John Bohham and Dave Grohl. Hailing from St Helens in Merseyside, Charlie met co-founder of STEM James whilst at college and went on to play with Paper Mountains before forming STEM in August 2017.

Jack Hughes. Bass Guitar. Jack has been playing bass as a gigging musician for years and has played in many different bands, most notably with Serratone. Jack is a student of music technology and eats, sleeps and breaths his work.

Influences include Paramore, The Beatles and the Who. After joining STEM, Jack immediately started adding to the creative process.

James Forshaw. Lead Guitar. James played in Paper Mountains out of St Helens with Charlie and then set up STEM to chase his ambitions.

James’s influences include The Doors, The Velvet Underground, The Smiths, Black Sabbath, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

Chris Jones. Guitar & Vocals. Chris has played guitar since he was 11 and has been In a few bands most notably with Evil Twin.

His biggest influences are Metallica, Arctic Monkeys, Led Zep AC/DC and Nirvana. Chris was compelled to pick up his first guitar when he first saw James Hetfield play live.

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Currently, STEM are very busy piecing together their Debut EP which will be titled ‘The Sounds Of The Circus’ ©2017 STEM.

They will be releasing it and touring it in late 2017 and into 2018.

The band aim to become a career touring band in venues and festivals and release fresh new music which is as commercially successful as it is original and inventive.

On August 22nd 2017 Dave Forshaw, Road & Tour Manager said in the bands Blog, “When Charlie and James were playing as two of the 4 piece, ‘Paper Mountains’, it was very clear that the lads had a gift. Paper Mountains showed amazing promise and had a great sound. That’s not always enough and sometimes things can seem like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Paper Mountains came to an end. Everything for a reason.

“So, Charlie and James set up STEM with myself and Dave as Manager and Road Manager. Then came Jack. Leaving Serratone and eventually finding STEM. This lad knows his bass and the passion he shows for it is incredible.

“At this point, this feels like something very special. A genuinely focused and committed sense of family has already developed with every one of the people involved giving 100%. As I type this, we’re about to go into final auditions for the singer for STEM and then it’s right into writing, rehearsing and recording.”

The band are working on songs such as ‘The Cold Light Of Day’, ‘Monkey See-Monkey Do’, ‘Rise’, ‘Run-Amok’ and others.

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Selected festivals and gigs:

Counterfeit Faith:
Insomnia, Westfield Street Music Festival, St Helesn, 5 June 2016
Tannerstock Music Festival, Skelmersdale 29 July 2016
The Citadel, St Helens, Saturday, 24 September 2016 – Supporting The Patriots ‘Lost In Lights’ EP Launch with The Pretty Pennys

Paper Mountains:
Red Lion, St Helens, 22 October 2016 supporting The Patriots with Daisy Hatton
The Bull and Dog, St Helens, Friday, 11 November 2016
The Green Room, St Helens, Saturday, 19 November 2016
The Clock Face Hotel, St Helens, Saturday, 26 November 2016
The Elephant, Thatto Heath, St Helens, 3 December 2016


Paper Mountains

Except where otherwise noted, original recordings, videos, artworks etc. are copyright of their respective songwriters/performers/publishers/artists or whatever is applicable to that particular work with All rights reserved.

All remaining links accessed and working on 7 April 2018.

Official STEM website – removed late 2017.
Facebook page – removed late 2017.
@StemOfficial on Twitter

This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady. 9 December 2017. Last updated 6 January 2018.

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