Nick O'Malley

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Nicholas 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
Also known as Nick
Born (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 31)
Sheffield, England
Genres Indie rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock, post-punk revival
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, guitar
Years active 2006-present
Labels Domino
Associated acts Arctic Monkeys, The Dodgems
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass
Rickenbacker 3000

Nicholas "Nick" O'Malley (born 5 July 1985) is the bass guitarist and backing vocalist of Sheffield-based band Arctic Monkeys.


Career beginnings[edit]

O'Malley states that he picked up the bass guitar at the age of 16, after ambitions to play the drums and guitar were rejected by his father. [1] Before joining Arctic Monkeys, O'Malley played the bass guitar in local garage rock band The Dodgems.

Arctic Monkeys[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, [2] while working at an Asda.[3] 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."[4] 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.[2] 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.[4]

O'Malley broke his hand following some drunken antics with his former Dodgems band mates 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 Angry Ape.[5] 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: "It never felt like such a big pressure thing."

Personal life[edit]

O'Malley resides in Los Angeles with his long-term partner Kelly Boss, a grill cafe chef. The pair welcomed a child, Hearst, in March 2014.




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