- Christian Hansen & The Autistics
Christian Hansen & The Autistics Also known as CHATA Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Genres Alternative Pop, Dance, Disco Years active 2007–present Labels Unsigned Website myspace.com/christianhanse Members Christian Hansen
Past members Ava Markus
Christian Hansen & The Autistics is a musical group out of Edmonton, Alberta. Formed late in 2007, the band consists of Christian Hansen and Molly Flood. The band describes themselves as "the dazzle of disco mixed with the immediacy of punk rock. A dangerous sweat and love fest of epic proportions." They built up a local following in Edmonton before beginning a cross Canada tour and gaining radio play on CBC radio. All of this led to their first full length album, "Power Leopard," which debuted in March 2009.
Christian Hansen and the Autistics formed as a band in early 2007. Shortly after, they released a short three song demo, Power Leopard EP, and its single "Cocaine Trade" said to be Song of the Year from local newspaper The Edmonton Journal. With this build of momentum, CHATA won Sonic's Band of the Month February 2009 and by the end of February, the band sold out their venue in just 6 minutes. In March 2009, they were awarded a $10, 000 development grant for Edmonton artists from Rawlco Radio, owner of Edmonton's Magic 99 radio station. This grant lead to the band's first full length album "Power Leopard".
First Full Length Album
in March 2009, Christian Hansen and the Autistics released their debut full-length album in titled Power Leopard. The album was produced and recorded by Doug Organ of Edmontone studios. Power Leopard gained recognition with the singles of “Cocaine Trade” and “Pump it”, which were put into rotation on Edmonton’s Sonic 102.9 FM. The album received numerous accolades. “Cocaine Trade” became the 4th most requested song of the year on Sonic 102.9 FM, and was also declared song of the year by Sandra Sperounes of the Edmonton Journal. Power Leopard reached number 5 on Megatunes top 30 record sales for the week of September 10, 2009. They most recently released “Swans”, a four song EP on June 4, 2010. The next full-length album is expected to release in Spring 2012.
The band's live line up changed in spring 2011, adding a rhythm section of Doug Organ on drums and Doug Hoyer on bass. Molly Flood and Christian Hansen announced that they would be relocating to Toronto via the Edmonton Journal on Sept 28, 2011.
Year Album Details Chart Peak Positions 2009 Power Leopard N/A TBA TBA N/A
Year Album Details 2008 Power Leopard 3 Song EP 2010 Swans 4 Song EP
Singles & Music Videos
- Christian Hansen: Vocals/Guitar
- Molly Flood: Keyboard/Vocals/Dance moves
Voted one of Edmonton's Favorite Bands in SEE Magazine
In March 2009 they Released debut full length POWER LEOPARD. 2 songs from the album were picked up by Sonic 102.9FM and XM Satellite Radio
They were nominated for Best New Artist by XM Radio, played SLED ISLAND, NMW, Boonstock, and NXNE (June 2010).
Edmonton Journal published an article naming Christian Hansen & The Autistics as 2008 Song of the Year.
Stuart Derdeyn from Vancouver's Province Newspaper included us in his TOP 10 PERFORMANCES OF 2009.
Both members of the band are University of Alberta alumni, graduating with Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drama. Christian Hansen and Molly Flood got married September 5, 2009.
The band’s name has been a controversial topic but the band has maintained a positive outlook towards their name saying they are paying homage to Autism and the people it affects. In 2009, Hansen told an interviewer, “People have thought that we're making fun of autistic people, but nothing could be further from the truth. The name is an absolute tribute,” 2009 was also the same year Christian Hansen won an award for Support Worker of the Year from the Autism Society of Edmonton for his actions working with autism and other diseases.
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