By Thalia Stopa
April 15, 2016
VANCOUVER — Every 20 years trends recycle themselves in popular culture but it was with the gusto of genuine 90s-era Weezer fans that Alberta’s The Provincial Archive channeled an amalgam of the classic indie sound for their show at the Biltmore Cabaret on Friday.
Craig Schram, Stephen Tchir and Bramwell Park spent many nights as teenagers in Tchir’s suburban basement playing along to the Blue Album on glockenspiel. The injection of plenty of “woos” and “yeah-yeahs” were whole-hearted. The influence was noticeable again through their self-deprecating, confessional lyrics like, “I’ve got a bad feeling/all of my friends are leaving,” title of closer “Stay Dumb” and banter about rural prairie life. One such anecdote recounted the tale of a three-legged farm dog, Tripod. Furtherly, they weren’t shy to urge the modestly sized audience to “shake their booties up front” or coax a sing-along.
It was 45 minutes of mostly new noisier material like “Land Machines” and “Wishing Well.” Vancouver was the kick-off for The Provincial Archive’s spring Canadian tour in support of 2015’s self-titled LP – their third album and the first since resigning their fourth member.BC, Biltmore Cabaret, British Columbia, The Provincial Archive