“Stoermer wasn’t about to start pushing lyrics on Flowers, so he let influences from the Beatles and Pink Floyd records he fell asleep listening to as a kid run wild on his own project.”
“Mark Stoermer is more than just the bass line in “Mr. Brightside.”
Without many local heroes to aspire to, Mark Stoermer looked back in time and to the British Isles for inspiration and it came in droves. From The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and the inimitable Bowie, music became a way for Stoermer to escape the hustle of the Strip, leading to him holing himself up in a murky garage to write songs instead of frequenting the ever-glittering clubs and casinos.
It was this love of music that brought about a catalyst that set in motion a chain of events that is still going on today. After joining a then little-known local band called The Killers who catapulted to stardom in the mid-2000s, Stoermer went on to produce Aussie foursome Howling Bells’ third album; toured with The Smashing Pumpkins as bass player; and wrote, produced and released three solo albums— the first of which, ‘Another Life’, was released in 2011; the second, ‘Dark Arts’, in August 2016.