Nick O'Malley

Nicholas Edward O'Malley (born 5 July 1985) is an English musician, best known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist of English band Arctic Monkeys.

Nick O'Malley
O'Malley with Arctic Monkeys in 2011
O'Malley with Arctic Monkeys in 2011
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Edward O'Malley
Born (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 37)
Sheffield, England
Years active2006–present
Member ofArctic Monkeys
Formerly ofThe Dodgems


Career beginningsEdit

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 MonkeysEdit

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 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 on 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 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 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 would 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."




  • Ashdown CTM-300 [6] (2013–present)
  • Ampeg SVT-VR [7]



  1. ^ "ARCTIC MONKEYS US, stasyfish: Nick O'Malley for Bass Magazine, 2014". Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Arctic Monkeys play gig in tiny pub". NME. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2006.
  3. ^ "Nick O'Malley in his ASDA uniform". 21 January 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Sculley, Alan (11 May 2007). "Chill out: Arctic Monkeys blast into Boston this weekend". The Eagle-Tribune. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Nick O'Malley chooses Ashdown... – Ashdown Engineering. (29 August 2013). Retrieved on 2016-10-25.
  7. ^ How To Sound Like The Arctic Monkeys – A Complete Gear Guide. Dolphin Music (1 August 2007). Retrieved on 2016-10-25.
  8. ^ Nick O'Malley | Equipboard®. Retrieved on 25 October 2016.