The Chelsea Girls
Samantha Maloney, accomplished musician and songwriter who studied music at the legendary fame school in NYC, has come a long way in a short time. Drumming for everyone from Joan Jett to Motley Crue to the genius composer Hans Zimmer, Samantha has been a busy girl.
Lately, her schedule has included film scoring and a ton of home studio production. Samantha received her first drum-kit at the age of five. Drumming immediately became a significant part 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.
1993-1998 At the age of sixteen, she auditioned for the post-hardcore band Shift as a replacement drummer and the band gave her the position permanently. In 1997, Shift signed to Columbia Records and made their major-label debut album titled, Get In. Following the album's release the band toured.
In 1998, Maloney was offered an audition in Los Angeles for the role of drummer in Hole, a position vacated by Patty Schemel. With her audition a success she was accepted by the band and so officially joined up with Hole, leaving Shift behind to join the band. 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 the touring with Mötley Crüe came to a close in January 2001, Maloney moved from New York to Los Angeles, California where she continued her musical career. Samantha can be heard playing on the Mötley Crüe releases, "Lewd, Crüed & Tattooed" (DVD) and "New Tattoo" (on live bonus disc).
In 2002, Maloney, alongside Melissa Auf der Maur (The Smashing Pumpkins/Hole), Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle), and Radio Sloan (The Need) created a new band called The Chelsea. The all-female supergroup only played one show before quickly going their separate ways.
2003-2004 Having worked 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 briefly on July 7, 2004, to fill in as the drummer for a band on Sympathy for the Record Industry called Scarling. in order to perform live at a group art show at the Copro/Nason Gallery (Santa Monica, California).
In 2004, just as she had completed her first batch of songs, Maloney was asked by former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love 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 asked to assemble a live band for Courtney Love, reconnecting with guitarist Radio Sloan, finding guitarist Lisa Leveridge and bassist Dvin to form the core of the band.
After playing with the band for a few weeks Love decided to call her new band "The Chelsea” after Maloney’s previous musical endeavour. Love added Violinist Emilie Autumn to the band at a later date. The band was put on hiatus after a small number of gigs, including Love's bizarre appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman", where the singer bared her breasts, lit up a cigarette and rambled about Nicole Kidman, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and her legal problems and after performing at Plaid in New York where Love was arrested Thursday morning (March 18) at 2:30 a.m., after allegedly throwing a blunt object into the audience, hitting a 24-year-old man in the head.
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 with Eagles of Death Metal opening for Queens of the Stone Age all over the world.
In 2006, Samantha toured 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. In January, 2009, Samantha joined with Allison Robertson (of The Donnas), former Playboy model/Disk-Jockey Tuesdae, and Corey Parks (ex. Nashville Pussy), to form the "Chelsea Girls". The band is an all-girl cover band. The band's name references an Andy Warhol flick and a premise—the greatest anthems from the likes of AC/DC, Judas Priest, Blondie and even some Madonna. In the spirit of Camp Freddy, they brought in special guests including Lemmy from Motörhead and Carmen Electra who is now the unofficial fifth member as the band's MC.
On August 2007 a new project was announced: The Ingenues. According to their MySpace page, they are “a select group of uber talented femmes who have collaborated with up and coming producer extraordinaire Samantha Maloney ( Hole, Eagles of Death Metal, The Herms, Mötley Crüe, Scarling.) to make a collection of songs to bring to their masses”.
The project will include Jessicka (Scarling./Jack Off Jill), Radio Sloan (The Need, The Chelsea, The Herms, Le Tigre), and Lisa Leveridge. Maloney is working on new material along with singer Jessicka for The Ingenues. They have released one single titled "Happy For You" available on iTunes.
On June 30, 2010 Billy Ray Cyrus released on his Facebook information about the new alternative rock group, Brother Clyde, with the old members substituted by Samantha Maloney, Jamie Miller, Dan Knight and Dave Henning. He also stated that their single, Lately, was available on iTunes and that their debut album would be out on August 10, 2010.