Sons of Otis are a stoner rock/doom band from Toronto, Canada. Sons of Otis was formed by Ken Baluke in Toronto sometime around the years 1992. Strongly influenced by the underground heavy music of the time (Melvins/Fudge Tunnel/Shallow N.D), their first release, "Paid To Suffer", came out in 1994. Subsequent albums took on a more ethereal, psychedelic tone, and this has led to their immediate association with the stoner rock/doom scene. The band has at times resorted to a drum machine for recordings as well as performances.
In 1999, Man's Ruin released Templeball and fans of stoner, doom, and space rockers like Sleep, Kyuss, and Electric Wizard really began to catch on. A re-release of SpaceJumboFudge hit stores in 2000 and the group followed up their Man's Ruin offerings with Songs for Worship in 2001 on their third label, The Music Cartel. Pusher followed in the summer of 2002, introducing a more hard rock-oriented direction and leaving behind some of the heaviness of the past for a more aggressive approach.