The Stems are an alternative rock band formed in Perth, Western Australia in late 1983. They are led by Dom Mariani on lead vocals and guitar. The Stems are heavily influenced by 1960s garage rock and 1970s power pop. The Stems formed in late 1983 when vocalist/guitarist Dom Mariani, formerly in the Go-Starts, was introduced to Richard Lane. Lane had seen Mariani in the final few gigs of the Go-Starts and had asked him for guitar lessons which developed into jams, and then writing songs. Finally, the decision was made to form The Stems. A friend, Gary Chambers, was recruited to join on drums, and bass guitarist John Shuttleworth was poached from the Pink Armadillos. In March 1984, the band had their debut gig at the Old Civic Theater in Perth, which was in support of The Saints and The Triffids. Their sound was influenced by 1960s garage acts ranging from the Electric Prunes, The Standells, and The Chocolate Watch Band to The Easybeats.
[Inspired by Yasumichi Higashihara]