Nick O'Malley

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Nick O'Malley
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Nick O'Malley playing with Arctic Monkeys at Madison Square Garden on 22 March 2012
Background information
Birth name Nicholas O'Malley
Born (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 29)
Sheffield, England
Genres Indie rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock, post-punk revival
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Years active 2006-present
Labels Domino
Associated acts Arctic Monkeys, The Dodgems
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass
Rickenbacker 3000

Nicholas O'Malley (born 5 July 1985) is the bass guitarist of Sheffield-based band Arctic Monkeys. He recently became a father. His girlfriend Kelly Boss gave to Hearst O'Malley sometime during April and May.

Biography[edit]

O'Malley was drafted in as a temporary replacement for bassist Andy Nicholson when the latter announced he would not make the band's North America tour in May 2006.[1] O'Malley says that he learned the whole of the band's debut album in two days of intensive play where he "pretty much didn't even leave the house."[2] His first recordings with the band were their non-album single "Leave Before the Lights Come On", in which he played bass guitar.

His first appearance with the band came on 25 May, when the band played a secret gig at the "Old Blue Last" pub in east London.[1] The 120 capacity venue was seen as an opportunity for O'Malley to have a test run before the band's first North American gig in Vancouver on 27 May and festival dates in front of fifteen to twenty thousand people.[2]

O'Malley broke his hand following some drunken antics with his former Dodgems bandmates only a week after agreeing to fill in for Nicholson - "As we were walking home from the pub, our roadie (Adam Guest) grabbed him (O'Malley) and pulled him over our neighbour's wall. It's quite high and he landed on his right hand" Dodgems singer Phillip Goodwin was quoted as saying on the music website Angry Ape. However, despite being his plectrum-hand he was still able to play the bass and joined the band in the successful tour.

Although O'Malley was only expected to continue until Nicholson had fully recovered, Nicholson's departure from the band saw the announcement that O'Malley will become a full member of the band. As he became a full-time member, he stated in an interview with Q TV that he had known the band prior to him joining them and felt that: "It never felt like such a big pressure thing."

Equipment[edit]

Basses[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Arctic Monkeys play gig in tiny pub". NME. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  2. ^ a b Sculley, Alan (11 May 2007). "Chill out: Arctic Monkeys blast into Boston this weekend". The Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2007-05-13.