is a non–Lao pop/rock band comprised of four western guys from three different
countries, who have lived in Laos for a long time and fell in love with the
country. The four members include two Australians - vocalist and guitarist Chris
Crash and bassist Tim Haward- aka Databass , one Canadian - Roger Rock who is also vocalist
and guitarist, and one Briton, Tom O'Hawk, who plays the drums.
recent interview with VOA via telephone from Vientiane, two ULUVUS
members - Chris and Roger – discussed how the band came about. The band members
came to Laos many years ago to do volunteer work in some NGO projects. They fell
in love with the country, its culture and traditions and most importantly its
people. Chris told VOA how he and his band mates met, "We didn't know each
other before. One day we happened to be eating at the same restaurant; we looked
around and saw Westerners eating Lao foods: Tam markhoung, khao niew and padek -
very spicy.We then hooked up and later decided to set up a band. We wanted ULUVUS
to be the first Westerners to sing rock in Lao."
asked how they came about naming the band ULUVUS? Chris & Roger laughed. "You should ask Tom & Tim about it; they're
the ones who named the band. I & Chris were not around at the time. We
enjoy and love to sing and perform for our audience; we want them to love us
just the way we love them and that's how the name ULUVUS came about," Roger
first album, entitled "Seu Soy Dae" which literally means
help buy our CDs" was popular in Laos with a very attractive cover with
Chris holding Tip Khao or rice basket and about to eat rice from it. Chris told us the reason he named their first album "Seu Soy Dae" was that it was a phrase
that they hear so often at the morning market from "Maekha(s)" or female merchants,
who would call out to people asking them to buy their goods. He thought it
would be a cute title for his album.
of the ULUVUS band is not yet certain, but both Chris & Roger want to
continue making more Lao rock songs and hope that, someday, they would have a
chance to work with both Lao rockers inside and outside Laos. Currently, ULUVUS
has about 5-6 top singles out and is working on their future project.
sample their music and videos, check out their web site at http://uluvus.com/
our audio files to listen to our interview with ULUVUS in Lao.