Being an indie rock group in Canada is a little like being a footballer in Brazil: unless you're really, really good it can be hard to get noticed.
Thankfully, The Provincial Archive are really rather good. Preparing a new EP for release next month, the band - based in Edmonton, Alberta - grew out of the ashes of Five O'Clock Charlie.
Quickly stamping out an identity of their own, this is mature songwriting with a glint in its eye, finely honed music with a real sense of mischief.
Arranging a short UK tour, the band have handed new cut 'Daisy Garden' to Clash. Lyrically whimsical, the driving music recalls R.E.M. at their peak, or even early Shins.
Engrossing fare, you can check it out below.
The Provincial Archive are set to play the following shows:
21 London Tooting Tram and Social
22 Cardiff Gwdihw
23 Bristol The Grain Barge
25 Folkestone The Chambers
26 London The Islington