STILLIA are set to make the biggest step in their young musical careers after completing work on their debut album.

The four piece indie band spent more than a fortnight recording at Catalyst Studios in St Helens town centre under the guidance of Sugar House Music.

It follows a record deal signed by the St Helens band, whose talent has been championed across the town by followers since their formation as schoolboys five years ago.

With recording of the album now completed, further announcements are expected for the group – with talk of an overseas tour, coinciding with the album’s release, gathering pace.

One date already on the horizon is a 30-minute set at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, hosted by Dave Monks, of Radio Merseyside, later in October.

One hundred fans who secured tickets via a Facebook giveaway will hear a preview of material from the album.

The Star was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Catalyst, which neighbours the newspaper’s Parade Street base, to hear one of Stillia’s new tracks, which features a rawer and edgier sound than their earlier material.

The band: Jack Bennett (lead vocalist), Connor Moran (lead guitarist), Johnny Waring (bass guitarist) and Matty Bennett (drummer) believe exciting times are ahead as their music matures.

Jack said: “We’re so pleased the album is complete and at the reaction from our fans.

"We’d spent hours after hours practising above a labour club but it is only when you get in the studio and work with the experience of the guys from Sugar House that you feel it coming together.

“I think we’d all agree our music, sound and appearance is maturing but then we’re growing up – we’re not a bunch of schoolboys anymore. We’re out doing different things, so the music reflects that.”

The band are keen to push the boundaries and make their hometown followers proud.

Jack added: “Blossoms, a young indie band who we have spent time with, had a number one album this year, have a sign up in their town saying – Stockport – the home of Blossoms. We’d love to have that in St Helens.”