CHIWAWA's music can be labeled as alternative/pop/rock. The musicians' wide musical background however, constantly drives Chiwawa into prolific, rich and seductive territories. The infectious grooves and luscious melodies, topped by Laurie’s unforgettable, five octave range voice, define Chiwawa’s unmistakable sound. Some called it post modern post punk electronic hybrid. Others call it simply Pop.
CHIWAWA is Laurie, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, and Krassy, born and raised in communist Bulgaria. The two first met when Laurie unwittingly auditioned for a newly arrived in Canada, Bulgarian band, called Ping-Pong (later becoming The Clouds). Within 3 months of their meeting, Krassy was being deported and Laurie had no choice but to save the band. What started out as a "greencard marriage" blossomed from desperate measures into true love and the couple settled into the Bohemian culture of Montreal, Canada. CHIWAWA was formed in 1994 by Laurie Gordon (vocals, keyboards) and Luc St. Pierre (keyboards, programming). In 1996 Krassy Halatchev (bass, programming) joined the band, followed by Eric Willis (guitars), in 1997. Their debut album, The Sick World Of Yona, was released in 1998 and swiftly became a hit with the critics. The album was produced by Steve Whitfield who has worked with artists like The Cure and The Mission. Despite a diagnosis with early breast cancer a week before the debut release, Laurie continued to perform and front CHIWAWA. Writing songs and releasing Chimeres (2002) and Bright (2005) Laurie came through louder and bolder then ever and made a full recovery. CHIWAWA 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, and also produced several short animation clips with Ryan Larkin for MTV Canada. By 1999 CHIWAWA was essentially a duo (L. Gordon & K. Halatchev). The band has recorded 4 full length albums and several EPs since 1997. Their latest album is called Bus Stop Chinese Buffet. It is scheduled for release in early 2009. Chiwawa was also featured on a few compilation releases (CHOM's Esprit, Darkcell). The band has its own record label, Satellite Records Canada (SRC). CHIWAWA's songs Overcast Skies, Do It For Me, Hell Sweet Hell and God's Children are the soundtrack for Spare Change - a short animation film written and directed by Oscar nominee, NFB wunderkind, Ryan Larkin. Laurie is the producer and co-director of this famous animator's comeback film.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Yes. It's like nothing else! We have played in Canada and the US. Planning a tour in Europe in 2009. Special moments - every gig is special!
Your musical influences
Influences: Music, Communism, Materialism, Existentialism, Realism, Bugs Bunny, Bosch, Chagall... References: Garbage, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Chemical Brothers, Portishead, Supergrass, PJ Harvey, Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Talk Talk...
What equipment do you use?
Analogue and digital; live instruments and samplers.
He who sings thinks no evil.