ooluu is Davindra, Asa, Khemavr, and Pete.
Inducing trance states and altered consciousnesses, ooluu wields mysticism, ritualism, and cosmogony through concussive bass, tribal drumming, serrated guitars, and soaring, shrieking vocals.
Forged out of Oompalunatiks, the brainchild of Ignius Shacklebolt, the kernel of ooluu was Asa and Davindra’s meeting through Ignius. Initially a five-piece band, Oompalunatiks was formed early in the summer of 2012, and had Ignius on vocals, Davindra on keys, Asa on bass, Thi on guitar, and Pete on percussion.
The bulk of 2012 saw Oompalunatiks playing shows around Ottawa. Ignius left the band in the start of 2013 to pursue other creative projects, and Davindra took over vocal duties. Oompalunatiks invited Wychdoktor to play with them, as he had previously opened for them, and quickly found he was a perfect fit that brought new dynamic to the band.
In May 2013, Oompalunatiks rechristened themselves ooluu.
The rest of 2013 saw ooluu recording, continuing to play shows, and expanding their following in both Ottawa and abroad. Their first single and music video, Powder-White, was released December 13th, 2013; on February 14th, 2014, their debut EP, Mannequin, was released.
ooluu had already started writing new material by the time of Mannequin’s release; 2014 saw Pete depart from ooluu to pursue other opportunities. The band continued writing and refining their sound, and largely took a break from live performances, with the notable exception of their unplugged and live performance of Trapped Inside The Mannequin on Algonquin TV on February 28th, 2014.
After the departure of Thi in the summer of 2014, Davindra, Asa, and Wychdoktor retreated entirely from live performances to hone their new sound and conceptual oeuvre, OPHUS.
Emerging only briefly in 2015, ooluu began the proceedings for the second cycle, and on January 23rd, 2016, after almost two years of patiently perfecting it, unleashed OPHUS. With the addition of Tyler Davis on percussion in late 2016, the snakecharmers of ooluu are now spreading the OPHUS cycle worldwide.