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Gordon "Gordo" O'Reilly

Vocals, Guitars

JM Photography

Gordon O'Reilly's story is a bit like a rock 'n' roll road trip—starting in London, zipping across to Los Angeles and Nashville, swinging back to London, and finally kicking back in Malta. His first steps into music is thanks to his mom's Beatles obsession and his dad's DIY mixtapes from the radio. Metal and punk soon crashed the party, and Gordon was all in.

O'Reilly's musical education is self-taught, mastering instruments including guitar, bass, drums, piano, and banjo through personal exploration and determination. His professional music career, which began in the early '90s, saw him playing with numerous bands (Molar, Mugpunter, Clench, Slack Planet to name a few) and recording albums, marking the start of a diverse and evolving career in music. As the guitarist and vocalist for Drowning Sorrows, O'Reilly's role is deeply rooted in family connections, with band members who are quite literally family.

His musical influences are as varied as his background, drawing from a wide spectrum of genres and periods, which all contribute to his distinct tradesman like musical style—." Beyond Drowning Sorrows, O'Reilly explores other musical avenues through his solo project, Ancient Remains, a dark ambient/dungeon synth endeavour, performing occasional session bass duties for Sahhar and numerous other projects released through his Bat Soup Studio.

Driven by an obsession with music and a continuous desire to write new songs, O'Reilly aims to perpetually improve and surprise himself with new creations. His approach to music is not just about personal achievement but also about helping others find their confidence and voice in the industry. This ethos is evident in his interest in collaborating with individuals who are less confident in their abilities, aiming to support their growth rather than seeking collaborations based solely on fame or success.

O'Reilly's commitment to releasing new music, both with Drowning Sorrows and through his solo projects, keeps his fans engaged and showcases his relentless creativity and productivity. With Bat Soup Studio/Drowning Sorrows releasing a new song weekly on platforms like Spotify and YouTube, and Ancient Remains poised to release a full-length album and perform in Ireland in August 2024, O'Reilly's schedule is a testament to his dedication to his craft.

For O'Reilly, music is not just an art form but a means of survival and self-expression, providing solace during challenging times and allowing him to convey a message of perseverance and self-improvement. His hobbies, including a penchant for fantasy movies, art, and tabletop gaming, alongside a humorous acknowledgment of drinking, further color his creative process, offering a glimpse into the man behind the music.

O'Reilly's journey encapsulates the essence of what it means to be a musician in today's world—a blend of passion, perseverance, and the ability to remain authentic in an ever-changing landscape. His story is a reminder of music's transformative power and the impact of fostering a supportive and creative community within the industry.



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