Christ vs Krishna is the name for Toronto based singer songwriter Pank Bagga's music venture.
Canadian hipster pop laced with British excess and Indian subtleties.
One would be hard-pressed to find an unsigned Canadian indie rock/pop artist with as diverse a palette of personality and influences than Pank. His music travels back and forth along a 30-year trans-Atlantic continuum: from the hard-driving early 70s punk of The Ramones, to 80s Britpoppers such as The Cure and the Smiths, and the dance-floor rocking sounds of Prince & Michael Jackson; from the Pixies and others synonymous with the early 90s heyday of alternative rock to today’s vanguards of epic pop like Oasis, Radiohead and Sam Roberts. In fact, Pank opened for Sam Roberts while with Toronto band The Turnarounds. He has also shared the stage with Bedouin Soundclash.
Underpinning these more traditional inspirations are a lush sense of ambience and rhythm, and a highly sophisticated ear for melodies, befitting someone who grew up listening to Indian ragas. Pank plays guitar, bass and drums and also sings, meticulously crafting each song until absolutely certain it is ready to be unveiled. His lyrics immediately resonate with depth, contemplation, commitment and a sense of self-therapy without being maudlin or self-pitying. Pank’s debut EP was produced by Dean Marino and Jay Sad of Chemical Sound, producers of the Tokyo Police Club’s Juno-nominated Elephant Shell and many other leading Canadian rock/pop acts such as the Born Ruffians.
Pank is nothing if not a study in contrasts. He’s your classic slightly rebellious and angst-ridden Canadian indie hipster kid – except he’s got a B.A. in psychology, meditates to invoke the divine and sees music as a sacred trust. He has spent most of his young adult life trying to avoid a seemingly predestined fate of working in his parents’ family business, yet is always grateful for so many practical lessons he has learned growing up immersed in it. He’s self-deprecating and humble almost to a fault, yet fun loving and innately confident in his purpose and gifts.