Jason Sebastian Russo

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Jason Sebastian Russo
Jason Sebastian Russo at Coney Island Brooklyn, NY during the video shoot for Hopewell's single "Island." Photo by Alexandra Marvar.
Jason Sebastian Russo at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York during the video shoot for Hopewell's "Island" by, directed by Art Boonparn. Photo by Alexandra Marvar.[1]
Born(1973-08-16)August 16, 1973

Jason Sebastian Russo (born August 16, 1973 in Yonkers, New York) is a rock musician. He was a member of Mercury Rev from 1994 to 2001, and rejoined in 2011 for the Don't Look Back concert series Deserter's Songs reunion tour. He founded the psychedelic rock band Hopewell in high school.[2] Hopewell has since been constantly recording and touring. They released their fifth full-length album "Good Good Desperation" on Tee Pee Records in 2009. He is also leader of the band Common Prayer.[3]

Common Prayer's debut record 'There Is A Mountain' was released in the UK by Big Potato Records, a label founded in part by Neil Halstead. It was recorded on the site of the Truck Festival in Steventon, Oxfordshire, by Joe and Robin Bennett of Goldrush. Other players include Russo's brother, Justin Russo.[4]

In 2014 he began a new band called Guiding Light with the musician/filmmaker Tara Autovino.[5] Their debut LP was released by Bleeding Gold Records (US) and Eggs In Aspic Records (UK) in the Fall of 2017.[6]

In 2018, while simultaneously recording their sophomore album, Guiding Light became one half of the band Pete International Airport, recording and touring the album Safer With The Wolves... (A Recordings).[7]


"Jason Russo grew up in a religious household with two brothers, a sister and no TV. The son of a psychiatrist, he spent the better part of his youth in graveyards, woods and strip malls in upstate New York before music consumed much of his life. At the age of 19, Russo found himself touring alongside his brother Justin as bassist for critically acclaimed Mercury Rev during the band's peak, before moving on to focus entirely on his own eclectic psychedelic rock band Hopewell. - NY Post "[8]




EPs / Singles[edit]

  • Hopewell Windy & Carl / Hopewell (Burnt Hair Records, 1996 7" Single)
  • Hopewell Stranger (Priapus Records, 1997 7" Single)
  • Hopewell Purple Balloon (Priapus Records, 1998 EP)
  • Mercury Rev Goddess on a Highway (V2 Records, 1998 Single)
  • Mercury Rev Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp (V2 Records, 1998 Single)
  • Mercury Rev Opus 40 (V2 Records, 1999 Single)
  • Mercury Rev Holes (V2 Records, 1999 Single)
  • Hopewell Planetarium / Hopewell (Burnt Hair Records, 1998 12" S/Sided, Ltd)
  • Hopewell Small Places (Zeal Records, 2000 7" Single)
  • Hopewell Safe As Milk (Cutty Shark, 2001 CD/ 7" Single)
  • Hopewell The Angel Is My Watermark (Cutty Shark, 2001 CD/ 7" Single)
  • Hopewell The Notbirds EP (Sunnylane / South Cherry Entropy, 2006 EP)
  • Hopewell Hopewell / Lions & Tigers Keep - Mother Vol 3 (Fire Records, 2006 10" Ltd)
  • Hopewell Good Good Good Desperation / Opus Part 2 (TeePee Records, 2009 7" Single)
  • Hopewell Another Music (TeePee Records, 2012 CD/7" Single)



  1. ^ Official Web site
  2. ^ Nicholls, Dale. "Biography: Hopewell". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  3. ^ Review: The Line of Best Fit
  4. ^ BBC
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Under The Radar
  7. ^ Pete International Airport
  8. ^ "Getting Personal with Jason Russo," Jonny Leather interview for the New York Post Archived 2010-08-15 at the Wayback Machine

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