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credit: Anya Kislaya


Formed in Saint Petersburg early in 2011 by sisters Aneliya Avtandilova and Emiliia Avtandilova, and Slava Gabrielyan. Cruising between dream pop and alternative rock, and taking their inspiration from a box where Martin Gore, Damon Albarn, Jonny Greenwood, and Mylene Farmer are having lunch together, Chkbns pursue an elusive mission (being well aware of the impossibility of this mission) of finding an equivalent of things one never sees or hears but yet experiences. The trio performed their songs live on KEXP, at Canadian Music Week, Reeperbahn Festival and Stereoleto (headlined by Franz Ferdinand and Cigarettes After Sex). Independently and together with various showcases, Chkbns toured around Europe and Asia, visiting such cities as Stockholm, London, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Beijing. So far - 3 self-released EPs have come out. They are: Eat Sleep Mom Dad, Private Fiction & This Time. Currently, Chkbns’ first full-length album is at the final stage.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Music Festival Wristband, Artist Wristband, Film Badge, Interactive Badge, Guest Pass, Film Festival Wristband
From: Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA
Genre: Rock
Subgenre: Dream Pop
Event Type: Showcase