He who sings thinks no evil.
Rock, Funk, Motown, New Wave, Punk, Techno, Jazz, Classical, Hip-Hop, Communism, Existentialism, Realism, Materialism...
Garbage, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Kills, The Ting Tings, U2, Radiohead, Portishead, PJ Harvey, Hooverphonic, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Teddybears, Sonic Youth, Sneaker Pimps, Doves, LCD Soundsystem, The Killers, Ladytron, Kasabian, Goldfrapp, Brazilian Girls, The Chemical Brothers, Gorillaz, Le Tigre, Chicks On Speed...
CHIWAWA's music can be labeled as Alternative. Some call it post modern post punk electro-acoustic hybrid. Others call it simply Rock or Pop.
The musicians' wide musical background however, constantly drives Chiwawa into prolific, rich and seductive territories. The infectious grooves and luscious melodies define Chiwawa’s unmistakable sound. In addition, lead vocals are equally shared between Krassy's unmistakably compelling timbre and Laurie’s unforgettable, emotionally charged, five octave range voice.
In studio, CHIWAWA plays predominantly: vocals, bass, guitars, synths, drums and percussion. They can be experimental at times in their songwriting, but always have an ear for a good catchy pop tune.
On stage, CHIWAWA electrifies as a duo as well as a full 4 to 8 piece band.
CHIWAWA is Laurie Gordon (vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass, toys), the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, and Krassy Halatchev (bass, vocals, guitars. drums, knobs), born and raised in Communist Bulgaria.
Laurie met Krassy in 1991 when she answered a classified ad, which read: "International Band Seeks Female Vocalist." The "International" outfit comprised of one Canadian sax player and four young Bulgarian immigrant musicians, who had just defected Communist Bulgaria, by the name of "The Clouds".
Within three months of their meeting, Krassy was being deported and Laurie had "no choice" but to save the band. What started out as a "green-card marriage" blossomed from desperate measures into true love; Laurie and Krassy settled into the Bohemian culture of Montreal, Canada.
In 1994 Laurie started her own band CHIWAWA with Luc St. Pierre (keyboards, programming). Krassy, then still playing in The Clouds, filled in as a drummer for CHIWAWA. A couple of years later The Clouds broke up and he became a permanent member (bass, programming) of CHIWAWA. Soon after Eric Willis (guitars) also joined the band.
Its debut album, "The Sick World Of Yona", was released in 1998; produced by Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission.), it quickly became a hit with the critics.
Despite a diagnosis with early breast cancer a week before the debut release, Laurie continued to perform and front CHIWAWA. She came through louder and bolder than ever and made a full recovery. The band continued to write songs (not all released) with different songwriters and musicians, including Camelle Hinds (Paul Weller) Russ Broom (Jann Arden) and UK garage king Mikey Benn.
Later collaborations also included the late Oscar nominated animator Ryan Larkin for his final animation film Spare Change, which Laurie directed on Ryan's behalf after his death in 2007.
Ryan was considered "the Frank Zappa of animation." Laurie's company MusiVision and The National Film Board of Canada were the producers of "Spare Change", which is based on Ryan's experience as a panhandler begging for spare change on the streets of Montreal. Ryan moved in with CHIWAWA in the last years of his life and came back to his art. A feature documentary film of how Ryan Larkin and CHIWAWA became friends, and together performed a small miracle aired on CTV Television early 2011. Delicious CHIWAWA music was featured in both films.
CHIWAWA has just finished the soundtrack score for academy award winner Co Hoedeman's new animation film "55 Socks".
The band is also preparing to commence work on a brand new feature film by a 3-time Oscar nominee Gerald Potterton. Future projects include 2 more feature films, beginning production in late 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Element - LP/Album - 2011 - SRC
Extract (The Singles 1997-2010) - Compilation - 2011 - SRC
Watermark - LP/Album - 2010 - SRC
Canine Heroes - Compilation - 2010 - Moiko Records
Noncompiiance III - Compilation - 2010 - Broken Note Records
Songs For The Cure - Compilation - 2010 - CancerDrive.org
Music To Game By - Compilation - 2009 - SonicBids
Bus Stop Chinese Buffet - LP/Album - 2009 - SRC
Spare Change - Soundtrack - 2008 - SRC/MusiVision/NFB
Always About You - Remixes - 2007 - SRC
God's Children - EP - 2006 - SRC
Bright - LP/Album - 2005 - SRC
Somebody To Love - Remix - 2004 - SRC
Love's Got Heart - EP - 2004 - SRC
Trinity UK - Compilation - 2003 - Darkcell
B-Bits (Vol. 1) - B-Sides - 2003 - SRC
Chimeres - LP/Album - 2002 - SRC
Utah - EP - 2001 - SRC
Never Feed The Alligators - EP - 2000 - SRC
Dream Sequence - Remix - 1999 - SRC
The Sick World Of Yona - LP/Album - 1998 - SRC
CHOM L'Esprit - Compilation - 1997 - Universal
The new album:
"Collectors Of Souls" is the title of Chiwawa's new album. The official release date is set for October 16th, 2012. Tthe first single "She's Kind Of Fly" is available right now as a free download on BandCamp.
Spare Change - A Small Miracle:
Laurie co-directed Spare Change posthumously on Ryan's behalf after his death on Valentine's Day in 2007. Ryan was considered "the Frank Zappa of animation."
The National Film Board of Canada and Laurie's company MusiVision are the producers of "Spare Change", a short animation film based on Ryan's experience as a panhandler begging for spare change on the streets of Montreal. Ryan was depicted in the short animation film "Ryan" which won an Oscar in 2005. Ryan moved in with CHIWAWA in the last years of his life and came back to his art. A feature documentary film of how Ryan Larkin and CHIWAWA became friends, and together performed a small miracle, aired on CTV Television in early 2011.
Delicious CHIWAWA music is featured in both films.