The Provincial Archive is a power trio from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
THE PROVINCIAL ARCHIVE has been honing their craft through dark winters over the last six years, releasing three records, touring the country and travelling the world: all from the remote blue-collar outpost that the band calls home.
In 2015, The Provincial Archive downsized to a trio and one month following the change, a reformed group entered the studio to record, live-off-the floor, with producer Nik Kozub (Shout Out Out Out Out).
The result is a self-titled power-pop confessional, teeming with influence from somewhere between 1994-1996: replete with the dynamics, messy guitars, and fuzzy vocal hooks that hallmark the era.
“thoughtfully arranged and super catchy." - Exclaim!
"an extremely immediate and utterly likable listen, comparable to, say, Weezer at their Pinkertoniest or Teenage Fanclub pre-Bandwagonesque." - Calgary Herald
"these songs find their roots squarely in the aloof charm of ’90s lo-fi—imbued with the spirit of Weezer and backed by the charismatic mystery of Pavement" - Vue Weekly
“A delightful nostalgic nod to the glory days of mid-90s geek rock” - Exclaim!
“YES. After six years, it seems like The Provincial Archive is only now hitting its stride” - Edmonton Journal
“The Provincial Archive have no trouble connecting to the fuzzed-out, amped-up 90s alt-rock influences that inform their forthcoming self-titled six-song [release]” - Quick Before It Melts Music Blog
“constantly re-playable rock’n’roll fun: grubby, woozy bass and guitars; irresistible, battering drums...” ~ Backseat Mafia Music Blog
The Provincial Archive would sound good on a playlist with early Weezer, Pavement, Elliott Smith, Nirvana.
Craig Schram: Voice, Guitar, Banjo, Keys
Bramwell Park: Drums, Banjo, Guitar, Voice
Stephen Tchir: Upright and Electric Bass, Guitar, Keys Voice
Tour Highlights and Resume
The Provincial Archive has toured throughout Canada and internationally through the UK, France and Germany in support of their releases. The band has showcased both domestically and internationally including BreakOut West, Sled Island, Rifflandia, Halifax Pop Explosion, NXNE, CMW, MIDEM, and Reeperbahn.
The Provincial Archive has performed alongside: The Strumbellas (Six Shooter/Glass Note), Rural Alberta Advantage (Paper Bag/Saddle Creek), Library Voices (Nevado Records), Cave Singers (JagJaguwar), Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music, Epitaph Records/SideOneDummy), Said The Whale (Upper Management/EMI) and many more.