This Day In Rock 28.06.2016
Mark Stoermer (also known as Mark August Störmer) is the bassist for the rock band The Killers. He was born on June 28, 1977 in Houston Texas, US.
Stoermer's previous bands include Habit Rouge, and the Negative Ponies with whom he played guitar. He got to know the band The Killers in 2002 and was a temporary bass player off and on throughout the year. He officially joined The Killers later that year, after Ronnie Vannucci Jr. joined the band on drums. Although now primarily a bassist, Stoermer plays guitar during live performances of For Reasons Unknown. He is also known for his very deep voice.
In addition to his work with The Killers (with whom he has recorded four studio albums ), Stoermer released a solo album, entitled 'Another Life', in 2011,
'Another Life' is a ten-song collection that showcases Stoermer’s ’70s singer/songwriter flavors, his soulful singing and multi-instrumentalist chops, and his soft spot for uncomplicated, lo-fi recording techniques.
Asked about his way of approaching the bass line for 'Another Life', Mark said “I wasn’t trying to step out with the bass. I wrote all the parts for the songs, which forced me look at the role of the bass in my arrangements; I always try to put the song first and do what’s best for it. Sometimes it’s all about creating the foundation, and if it takes a simple eight-note bass line to drive it, then that’s what’s right. But I’m not stuck on one particular formula”.
“What really made my tone different on this album is that I played with my thumb on a lot of it. I also used my fingers on some parts, which is different for me, as I’m mainly a pick player.
“I got that from listening to Paul McCartney. I go back and forth between subtle and heavy muting, and I mute lines even when I’m not thinking about it. Sometimes I have to consciously tell myself to lay off it”.
Go to bassplayer.com for the full interview.