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Formed in 1999 around the talents of Nick Krgovich and Larissa Loyva, eclectic Canadian indie rock collective P:ano utilize their multi-instrumental prowess to create lo-fi orchestral pop. Joined in 2000 by Justin Kellam and Julia Chirka, the Vancouver-based band released When It's Dark and It's Summer, followed by The Den in 2004 and Brigadoon and Ghost Pirates Without Heads in 2005. The group stays busy with multiple side projects, including To Bad Catholics, No Kids, Gigi, Burquitlam Plaza, Duplex!, and BORING.
P:ano was a Canadian indie pop band formed in 1999 from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The band's members consisted of Larissa Loyva, Justin Kellam, Julia Chirka, and Nick Krgovich. P:ano's style was a diversity of musical and thematic interests as the band members played several instruments.
Nick Krgovich and Larissa Loyva originally started playing together in 1999, and were later joined by Justin Kellam and Julia Chirka to form a cohesive foursome. P:ano side-projects include Burquitlam Plaza, Duplex!, BORING, No Kids, Gigi, and To Bad Catholics.
Their debut release, When It's Dark and It's Summer (zum014/hfr001) was recorded at and co-released by Hive Studios. The band has worked with many prominent Vancouver musicians including Veda Hille, Ida Nilsen, Torston Muller and members of The Beans, Black Mountain, Jerk With a Bomb, Gaze and Standing Wave.
Their second album entitled The Den was recorded over five months in 2003 by Colin Stewart (Destroyer, Hot Hot Heat, Radio Berlin) at The Western Front and The Hive studios. Arranged with keyboards, horns, strings and back-up vocals, the quartet's orchestral lo-fi pop is reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright.
P:ano's third album Brigadoon was released in April 2005 and their fourth album Ghost Pirates Without Heads following in October of the same year.
P:ano eventually called it quits when Larissa Loyva had departed and the remaining three had formed No Kids in 2008.