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Stephen O'Malley

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Stephen O'Malley (sometimes referred to as SOMA) is a producer & musician, predominantly a guitarist, from Seattle, Washington who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone doom, death/doom, and experimental bands since 1993.

O'Malley is a founding member of several groups including Sunn O))), Burning Witch, KTL, Khanate and others. He has worked with a variety of artists including Greg Anderson, Merzbow, James Plotkin, Julian Cope, Joe Preston Read more on

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Live: Stephen O’Malley @ London St John on Bethnal Green – 11 April 2014

April 15th, 2014

Even in a genre as pointed iconoclastic as heavy music can be, Stephen O’Malley does not make “easy” music. As one of the founders of doom-drone experimentalists Sunn O))), he pushes the boundaries of what constitutes music. With his solo stuff, well, let’s just say he drives through those boundaries with the care and consideration of Dick Dastardly trying to win the Wacky Races, only with “insane noises made with a guitar while remaining stoic and in the shadows” instead of “wild scheme to crash everyone else’s car” as his Unique Selling Point. 

Six things we learned while watching Stephen O’Malley in London…

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