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OOIOO performing at All Tomorrow's Parties, 2004
Background information
Origin Japan
Years active 1995–present
Labels Trattoria Records, Thrill Jockey
Associated acts Boredoms
Website ooioo.jp
Members YOSHIMIO (Vocal, Guitar)
KayaN (Guitar, Vocal)
AyA (Bass, Vocal)
Past members Kyoko (deceased)

OOIOO began as a fictitious band for a photo shoot for a magazine in 1996. The four-piece ensemble was founded by Boredoms drummer and occasional trumpeter and vocalist Yoshimi P-We.[1] When she was asked to do a photo shoot for a magazine she invited a few of her girlfriends to join her and created for the shoot a fake band called OOIOO which they later decided to make it real. The band quickly gained attention by being the opening act for Sonic Youth in 1997 on their Japan tour.[2]

According to AllMusic's Kieran McCarthy "It's next to impossible to describe their sound, because — by design — it rarely follows consistent patterns".[1] Some of their music has been described as having "a majestic ebb and flow that suggests natural wonders"[3] or a "witchy, tribal side".[3] Either way, at any one time it may incorporate chanting and punchy drums,[3] dancey polyrhythms[4] atonal composition[4] or psychedelia.[5]






Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Kyoko — guitar (died July 19, 2015)[6]
  • Maki — bass guitar
  • Yoshico — drums (Her real name is Yuka Yoshimura. She is currently a member of CATSUOMATICDEATH, METALCHICKS, and a former member of DMBQ)

Guest musicians[edit]


  1. ^ a b McCarthy, Kieran. "( OOIOO > Biography )". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  2. ^ "OOIOO Bandcamp".
  3. ^ a b c Phares, Heather (2005-09-13). "( Gold and Green > Overview )". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  4. ^ a b Dodero, Camille (2007-03-21). "New York — Sound of the City — Live: OOIOO's Yoshimi Doesn't Let Those Evil Robots Eat Me". Blogs.villagevoice.com. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  5. ^ "Interviews: OOIOO". Pitchfork. 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  6. ^ http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/rip-kyoko-co-founder-ooioo

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