Mark Stoermer

Mark Stoermer
Mark Stoermer

Mark Stoermer
Background information
Birth name Mark August Stoermer
Born June 28, 1977 (1977-06-28) (age 34) Houston, Texas, United States
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Genres Alternative rock, Post-punk revival, Psychedelic rock, Alternative country
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, trumpet, piano, keyboards, percussion, harmonica.
Years active 2002–present
Labels Island Def Jam
Associated acts The Killers, Howling Bells, Negative Ponies, Habit Rouge
Notable instruments
Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, American-made stock 2004 Jazz Bass, Hofner

Mark Stoermer (born June 28, 1977) is an American musician, best known for being the bassist for alternative rock band The Killers, in 2011 he released his debut solo album Another Life.


Personal life

Mark Stoermer was born in Texas to an Australian father and an American mother, they moved to Las Vegas when Stoermer was three years old. His father was a big band style musician.[1] Stoermer graduated from Chaparral High School in 1995, where he played trumpet in the Jazz ensemble. His early musical influences included Hip-hop bands such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. and later rock bands such as Nirvana, The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Stoermer began playing lead guitar for a number of local bands including Habit Rouge and The Negative Ponies. It was while playing with The Negative Ponies that he met Dave Keuning and Brandon Flowers who were performing as an early incarnation of The Killers. He was a fan of the band's unique sound and was often present at the band's gigs. In September 2002 he was offered the opportunity to become the band's permanent bass player, he accepted and completed the band's line up along with Ronnie Vannucci Jr.. [2] Before The Killers got signed, Stoermer worked as a medical courier.[1] Stoermer also studied Philosophy at UNLV and took music classes while in the marching band there.

Mark was featured on the cover of Bass Guitar Magazine in June 2009 and has been interviewed by other major bass guitar publications including Bass Player Magazine.[3][4]

Stoermer has co-written many Killers songs including "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine", "Smile Like You Mean It", "Somebody Told Me", "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll", "On Top", "When You Were Young", "Bones", "Read My Mind", "Bling (Confession of a King)", "Human", "Spaceman" and "A Dustland Fairytale".

Other projects


Stoermer produced the Howling Bells's third album, The Loudest Engine, released on September 12, 2011 via Cooking Vinyl.[5][6]

Another Life (2011)

Stoermer's debut solo album titled "Another Life" was released on November 1, 2011, as a free download for a limited time, a CD and vinyl will follow at a yet to be announced date. The album will be self-released.[7]

Stoermer has enlisted the help of Howling Bells members Glenn Moule and Joel Stein as well as Jason Hill and Alex Carapetis to record the album.[7]

Stoermer has so far posted three tracks from the album online; "Everyone Loves The Girl", "The Way We Were Before" and "Amber Bough".[8]

Track Listing:
1. Weary Soul
2. Shadow In A Dream
3. Everyone Loves The Girl
4. Need A Hand
5. Amber Bough
6. The Way We Were Before
7. The Haunts
8. No Time
9. There Is No Is
10. Another Life


Basses: [9]


  • Gibson SG Guitar. - On the Song For Reasons Unknown
  • All are strung with medium-gauge GHS Bass Boomers. Basses are tuned to standard or down a 1/2 step.[10]


  • Ampeg SVT Classic Head and 8x10" SVT Cabinets
  • Hiwatt Custom 200 Head (one dirty, one clean) and Hiwatt SE-1510 4x10+1x15 cabs (x2, one rig with effects, one clean)
  • Fender Deville 2x12"

NOTE: Hiwatt currently are one of Stoermer's sponsors.[11]

  • BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal
  • BOSS GE-7 EQ pedal
  • Big Muff Sovtek Big Muff pedal (for live performances of 'Andy, You’re a Star')
  • BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver (modified) (x2)
  • BOSS GEB-7 Bass EQ (for volume boost)
  • tc electronic chorus/flanger
  • MXR Phase 100
  • Big Muff pi (electro harmonix keeley modded)
  • Zaolla Artist and Zaolla Silverline series cables as instrument leads, cable speakers, and cable snakes

Picks: Dunlop Nylon - 1.00mm

Playing style

Mark Stoermer mainly plays with a pick. He says "I love the punch and grit of a pick. . . I do a lot of unconscious palm muting. I love how you can instantly get that clunky tone with shorter notes. It's a great sound."[1]

He also aims to make the bass a "half percussion instrument and half melodic instrument". Stoermer feels that "You can add to a song’s melodic side without taking away from the vocals. That’s my favorite kind of bass playing."[1] His signature bass sound, featured in songs including "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine", "Somebody Told Me", "Move Away", "Forget About What I Said", and "Joy Ride" has influenced many other bands and even a genre of music in bass-driven New Wave/Synth Rock.


Mark Stoermer cites influences such as Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Entwistle of The Who, and Paul McCartney. He also lists as influences The Cure, U2, and New Order.[1]


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mark Stoermer — Nom Mark August Störmer Naissance 28 juin 1977 Houston …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mark August Stoermer — Mark Stoermer Datos generales Nombre real Mark August Stoermer Nacimiento 28 de junio de 1977, Houston, Texas …   Wikipedia Español

  • The Killers — Not to be confused with The Kills. For other uses, see Killers (disambiguation) and Killer (disambiguation). The Killers The Killers in concert Background information …   Wikipedia

  • Hot Fuss — For the 2007 action comedy film, see Hot Fuzz. Hot Fuss Studio album by The Killers Released …   Wikipedia

  • The Killers — Pour les films, voir Les Tueurs. The Killers Th …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Killers (groupe) — The Killers The Killers The Killers en concert en 2006. De gauche à droite: Dave Keuning, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Brandon Flowers, and Mark Stoermer. Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Killers — Datos generales …   Wikipedia Español

  • Sam's Town — Infobox Album Name = Sam s Town Type = studio Artist = The Killers Released = October 3, 2006 Recorded = 2005–2006 Genre = Alternative rock, post punk revival Length = 44:14 Label = Island, Vertigo Producer = Flood, Alan Moulder Reviews =… …   Wikipedia

  • Hot Fuss — álbum de estudio de The Killers Publicación 7 de junio, 2004 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Live from the Royal Albert Hall — Концертный альбом The Killers Дата выпуска 9 ноября 2009 Записан 5 6 июля 2009 года, Альберт холл Жанр Инди рок, новая волна, постпанк …   Википедия

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.