Colm Ó Cíosóig

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Colm Ó Cíosóig
Ó Cíosóig performing with My Bloody Valentine in 2013
Ó Cíosóig performing with My Bloody Valentine in 2013
Background information
Born (1964-10-31) 31 October 1964 (age 56)
Dublin, Ireland
GenresAlternative rock, post-punk, shoegazing
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1983–present
Associated actsMy Bloody Valentine, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, The Complex, Clear Spot, Mazzy Star

Colm Ó Cíosóig (Irish pronunciation: [ˈkʊlˠəmˠ oː ˈciːsˠoɟ]; born 31 October 1964) is an Irish musician, best known as the drummer and a founding member of the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine.


My Bloody Valentine[edit]

Originally formed in 1983, My Bloody Valentine had gone through a few lineup changes before they forged a signature sound that was to become known by the music press as "shoegazing" in the late 80s and early 90s.

Along with Kevin Shields' guitar work and Bilinda Butcher's ethereal vocals, Ó Cíosóig's energetic and snare-heavy drumming had become a key element of the band's sound. Ó Cíosóig has co-written songs for My Bloody Valentine and has contributed production work to many of their releases.

During the recording of Loveless, Ó Cíosóig played drum patterns that were sampled and looped on most of the album. He played live on at least one track, "Only Shallow". "Touched" was done solely by Ó Cíosóig without any contribution from the other members of the band.[1]

During My Bloody Valentine's hiatus from the early 1990s onward, Ó Cíosóig had been prolific with various musical collaborations and guest appearances.[which?]

As of November 2007, he has reassumed his role in My Bloody Valentine along with members Kevin Shields, Debbie Googe, and Bilinda Butcher.

Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions[edit]

His best known work outside My Bloody Valentine is with Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. Ó Cíosóig had co-written, produced and played several instruments on their 2001 album Bavarian Fruit Bread. The band's second album Through the Devil Softly was released on September 29, 2009.[2] He also toured with Sandoval's band Mazzy Star in 2012.

Other projects[edit]

In 1994, Ó Cíosóig produced and contributed "sampled keyboards" to Wreckage, the fifth album by Dublin-based artist/musician Stano.[3] In 1997, he was a guest musician on Fire in a Dream Cage by L.[4] Both albums were released on Hue Records. Ó Cíosóig was credited with "Digital Editing" on Laika's 1995 debut "Silver Apples of the Moon"

Ó Cíosóig had formed the short-lived band Clear Spot with Stereolab bassist Simon Johns. They had released a 7" vinyl single Moonman Bop on Duophonic Records in 1998.[5]

In 2004, Ó Cíosóig was a guest drummer on Vetiver's self-titled album. In 2005, he, along with Shields and Sandoval, contributed to Le Volume Courbe's debut album, and he was a guest musician on Film School's 2007 release Hideout. In 2013 Ó Cíosóig joined Mr. Shineywater & evolved Rock-N-Roll with Library Of Sands title "Wavy Heat" Top 6 2013 U.K.'s UnCut Magazine, making the U.S. loudest Export Recording Art, after My Bloody Valentine was named the globe's "loudest live music" in 2009.[6]

Ó Cíosóig also recorded songs for The Tigerbeat, a San Francisco-based band that features his sister Fionnuala.[7]


  1. ^ McGonigal, Mike (January 7, 2007). Loveless. New York: The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. pp. 69, 70–72. ISBN 978-0826415486.
  2. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin. "Mazzy Star Crooner Readies Return With Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions". Rolling Stone, July 6, 2009
  3. ^ "hue records - artists - stano". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ "hue records - artists - l". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Clear Spot". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
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  7. ^ The Tigerbeat MySpace Profile Archived 2008-11-14 at the Wayback Machine