(Persian : اوهام) Iranian Underground Rock Band fronted by Shahram Sharbaf [Singer\Sonwriter]. O-Hum style is what they call Persian Rock: playing Rock and Persian instruments and modes, with Lyrics from the Great Hafez: the legendary Iranian poet from the fourteenth century. The band was formed in 1998 in Tehran with Shahrokh Izadkhah [Guitars] and Babak Riahipour [Bass]. Their initial plan was simply to record some demos at Shahram's home studio to document what they were playing at the time. Everything started with the first song Shahram and Shahrokh wrote on acoustic guitar and Sehtar: 'Darvish'. Demo tracks soo leaked around via friends and a record company in tehran asked the band to sign a deal to record a full album. Shahram,Shahrokh and Babak recorded the first album 'Nahal-e Heyrat' in summer of 1999. The album original had twelve songs, one of them to be later removed from the list ['Pire May-foroosh]. The music company took the album to The ministry of Culture ERSHAD in tehran to get a release permission, as any artisitc activies require such permission in Islamic republic of Iran. ERSHAD rejected album a couple of time, describing O-Hum music as 'Western','Cheap' and out of their islamic standards. So the music company broke its deal with the band and canceled everything.
This was when O-Hum decided to launch its webite O-Hum.com and put all the album tracks Online and ready to download for free. O-Hum.com was launched in March 2001 and soon received a huge feedback from the liseners worldwide. In less than a few months thousands of MP3s were downloaded from the website and O-Hum turned to a familiar icon with Iranian underground music scene. O-Hum played its first concert in March 2001 at Russians Orthodox Church in Tehran to nearly 300 excited people. The show was planned to be held for private and foreign audiences but ended up with young boys and girls screaming and stage diving all around the hall.
As the band kept trying to release the music or play official gigs, it was becoming obvious that ERSHAD won't let O-Hum play in Iran. O-Hum.com was another reason why they were so angry with O-Hum: The band had promoted and released their work to the world , and this wasn't what ERSHAD would like. The website also let O-Hum find a large fan base on the Internet, mostly Iranians and also Non-Iranians. In Februrary 2002 Shahram, Shahrokh and Babak enetered BAM studio in Tehran to record two singles, which later became known as 'Hafez in Love'. The band recorded songs in two weeks and put the full songs online for new Iranian year. Singles receieved a huge appriciation from Fans, being downloaded more than 15,000 times in first week.
In early 2003 Babak Riahipour decided to step out of O-Hum and continue his personal career. Later in summer 2003 Shahrokh also quit O-Hum and moved to Vancouver\Canada and Shahram decided to keep O-Hum as a solo project. He moved to canada for a couple of months and then returned to Tehran, his preferred place to work and live. After a couple of months Shahram gathered a live band and traveled to Germany for a couple of gigs in Berlin,Hamburg and Rostock. O-Hum received a nice attention in Germany and played some memorable performances in House of Culture [Berlin] and Fabrik [Hamburg]. These concerts marked O-Hum as the pioneers of Iranian underground scene, and the first rock band to play international after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Shahram began the recording sessions for O-Hum's new album in early 2004 and soon penned fourteen tracks for the album which later became ALOODEH . Kasra Ebrahimi [Drums],Shahrokh Izadkhah [Guitar], Kasra Saboktakin [Bass] and guest appearances by traditional musicians helped Shahram to create O-Hum's second effort. Bamahang Productions, a music company located in North America, released ALOODEH in 20 December 2005 worldwide.
Their official website : www.o-hum.com