Popular Mechanix were Winnipeg's most successful punk/new wave/power-pop band of the late seventies, for a bit more on them go here.
Western World finds the band honing its witty, herky-jerky-pop style ( à la XTC) on tracks like. "Safety Pays".
Popular Mechanix - Safety Pays
Western World link is in the comments
Update: Greg Gardner writes:
... and not only was Western World moving in a pop psychedelic direction, had the third album been finished, it was moving in a psychedelic surf/exotica direction!
In those days, (1979-1982) being an "indie band" really WAS indie! How could an obscure, unsigned band from Winnipeg, Manitoba (of all places), possibly get their stuff distributed properly?
About the time we finally packed it in, David Peel did a great write up in NME, (circa 1981-82 Elvis cover), praising the Western World album - but, alas - we, the time, and all the money was spent!
(Footage from the reunion show!)