|Birth name||Stephen Damian O' Neill|
15 January 1961 |
Derry, Northern Ireland
|Instruments||Lead guitar, keyboards|
|Years active||1976–1994 1999–present|
|Associated acts||The Undertones, That Petrol Emotion, The Everlasting Yeah|
Stephen Damian O'Neill (born 15 January 1961) is the lead guitarist in the pop-punk band, The Undertones. He joined the band following the departure of his older brother, Vincent, in 1976, and remained with the band until their break up in 1983. O'Neill wrote several album tracks and singles during the career of The Undertones, usually writing with bassist Michael Bradley.
The Undertones reformed in 1999 and O'Neill continues to perform and record with them.
Since 2012, Damian O'Neill and three of his former band-mates of That Petrol Emotion, Raymond Gorman, Ciaran McLaughlin and Brendan Kelly are active as London-based The Everlasting Yeah, playing kosmische Krautrock influenced Musik mixed with most individual soundscapes creating sheer amazing atmospheres with powerful guitary, percussionized tunes. Their first LP Anima Rising was released in late 2014.
In 2001, O'Neill released the experimental electronic album A Quiet Revolution on Alan McGee's Poptones label. Furthermore he as X-Valdez (nom de plume) released a 12 inch "Higher Grace" with arrangements by Xavier Jamaux and Athena Constantine on vocals on Toy's Factory in 2000.
On November 10, 2014, he released a solo-single "Trapped in a Cage" on Overground Records. The 7" vinyl is limited to 500 copies only, however, it's downloadable as well via itunes. It's beautifully crafted, strong and raw, yet earwormy songs and O'Neill is the whole band except the drummer.
O'Neill is left-handed but plays the guitar right-handed.
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