Samantha Maloney

Samantha Maloney is an American musician born in New York City on December 11 1975, best known for playing in the bands Hole, Mötley Crüe, Eagles of Death Metal and in Peaches' live band "The Herms".

Early career

Samantha received her first drum-kit at the age of five. Drumming immediately became the central focus of her life. At the age of fourteen she enrolled at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, and for the next three years studied percussion extensively. At the age of sixteen, she auditioned for the post-hardcore band Shift as a replacement drummer, but so impressed the band her position became permanent.

While playing in Shift, Maloney excelled on her school's basketball team, and in 1993, had to decide whether or not to pursue a serious basketball career with college scholarship offers or to continue drumming in her band Shift. Samantha chose to stick with Shift who released two independent records on Equal Vision Records in 1994 and 1995. Two years later, Shift signed to Columbia Records and made their major-label debut album titled, Get In. Following the album's release the band toured diligently.

High profile career

In 1998, Maloney was offered an audition in Los Angeles for the role of drummer in Hole, a position vacated by Patty Schemel. She aced the audition, was accepted by the band and so officially joined up with Courtney Love, leaving Shift behind to join Hole. At 22, Maloney was on the road with Hole at the height of their popularity, playing sold out arenas and touring extensively in the U.S., Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom whilst also appearing on television and in magazines, as well as Hole's recordings and videos. In 2000, Hole went on hiatus and Maloney was offered the drum chair for Mötley Crüe to fill in for then drummer Randy Castillo, who was ill at the time.

As her rigorous touring schedule with Mötley Crüe came to a close in January 2001, Maloney made the move from New York to Los Angeles, California where she continued her musical career. In February, she contributed to music for Daryl Hannah's documentary about a stripper called Stripnotes. In May, she worked on The Desert Sessions Vol. 7 & 8 with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) , Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) , and Chris Goss (Masters of Reality). In June, she and Scott Ian from Anthrax composed music for the Mr. Show movie Run Ronnie Run as "Titanica". During this time Maloney also added live drums to the score for the film Black Hawk Down. In 2002, Maloney, alongside Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins/Hole), Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle), and Radio Sloan (The Need) created a new band called The Chelsea. Sadly, the powerful all-female supergroup only played one show before quickly going their separate ways.

Following this non-stop whirlwind career of working with and for others on their music, the drummer decided to start composing her own album, and in mid-2003 she began to turn down high-profile gigs in order to start her solo project, pausing only to briefly fill in as the drummer for the band Scarling. In 2004, just as she had completed her first batch of songs, Maloney received a call from former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. Love asked Maloney to fly to France (after drummer Patty Schemel departed for the second time) and add drums to Love's otherwise complete solo debut, America's Sweetheart.

Returning to the States, Maloney was put in charge of assembling Love's live band, reconnecting with guitarist Radio Sloan, finding guitarist Lisa Leveridge and bassist Dvin to form the core of the fierce female band. After playing with the band for a few weeks Love decided to call her new band "The Chelsea” after Maloney’s previous endeavour, yet the band was put on permanent hiatus after a small number of gigs. However, Maloney was soon approached by old friend Josh Homme to drum for his side-project Eagles of Death Metal. Maloney accepted the gig and toured successfully with Eagles of Death Metal opening for Queens of the Stone Age all over the world. Samantha is currently on tour with Electroclash punk artist Peaches' live band, The Herms along with JD Samson and Radio Sloan in support of her 2006 release Impeach My Bush.

She currently resides in Los Angeles, California and is working on new material along with singer Jessicka for Jeffree Star's yet to be titled EP. Maloney was one of the guests to attend the wedding of Jessicka and Christian Hejnal of Scarling. on October 13, 2007 in Los Angeles. She served as one of the bridesmaids.

In 2008 Maloney was one of the contributors to Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna's book Cherry Bomb along with Dita Von Teese, Jessicka, Tori Amos, Cherie Currie of the Runaways, Terri Nunn, Lisa Loeb, Katy Perry, Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui,and Louise Post.


With Shift

  • Pathos EP (1994)
  • Spacesuit (1995)
  • Get In (1997)

With Courtney Love

  • America's Sweetheart (2004)


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