I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the chance to interview Chris, and he was so patient, funny, full of wit and good nature. I stumbled over some of my questions and he was nice enough to never point it out or make me feel hapless about it. He was extremely talented and kind. If you haven’t seen this interview before, I hope you enjoy it. I think he had fun with it. My continued prayers and thoughts for you and your family.
[reposted from CinemaSpartan]
Chaotic and composed, in a world full full of cackling unrest and marred melodies, comes Women, a band from Calgary that is hauntingly ethereal. Their debut album was crosshatched with airy-reverberations and distorted instrumentation. Chris Reimer and company create a landscape of flickering memories and weathered musical notes. On their newest record, “Public Strain”, they have sharpened their chiseling tools to create an album that is emotionally monolithic, intangible yet tactile. Reimer, one of the conductors of Women’s apparitional symphony, talks to Cinema Spartan about the band’s newest album; their upcoming appearance in San Diego on October 19th; and his favorite track on the new LP. Continue reading
On March 1, 2012, the day of Chris’ cremation, and the day after his funeral celebration, a private concert was held at the Palamino Nightclub in Calgary in his honour. The following videos are from that night, courtesy of Melanie McKay.
This is one of Chris’ favourite Mogwai tracks, New paths to Helicon pt. 1.
The musicians are: Marc Rimmer, Scott Monroe, (guitars) Matt Flegel on bass, our dad Tim Reimer on drums, and Myke Atkinson.
Gold is playing the Commonwealth Bar on May 1:
We’re really excited about our latest show on May 1st; we’ve got 3 great Calgary bands Lab Coast, Gold and the Diet and Lethbridge’s best import since Pilsner, Fist City. Come out and support some great local talent and help us open our new patio, which weather permitting, will be the start of many great patio nights. Our friends from Gold recently lost a close friend and bandmate so we asked them to write something for you all. Please take a minute to read below and consider donating to the CJJ Reimer Memorial Fund.
The members of Gold wish to extend a special invitation to our performance on May 1st to all friends, family, colleagues and fans of Chris Reimer. Chris was a long time friend who also drummed with us for six months, making him an integral part of the development of our songs and our sound, and we were shattered by his passing on February 21st, 2012. We are pleased to be able to return to the stage and we want to take this opportunity to spread the word about the CJJ Reimer Memorial Fund: A non-profit organization that will raise money to provide youth scholarships in music and dance, and also to produce a release of Chris’ own written and recorded music. We will be accepting donations to the fund at the merch table throughout the evening, and we hope you can make it out to support us as well as our good friends in Lab Coast, Fist City, and The Diet – musicians who were all friends to Chris and who share our loss and our desire to pay tribute to him.
Check out the recorded track with our boy Chris on drums on Gold’s Bandcamp space.
2008 interview on About.com conducted by Anthony Carew.
Calgary quartet Women began as a project: four old high-school pals deciding to make a record to fill in Alberta’s frigid winter months. Roping in local analog-equipment-hoarding weirdo (and Sub Poprecording artist) Chad VanGaalen, Women rolled tape on a set of short, sharp, fragmented tracks in a basement, a crawlspace, an outdoor culvert, and by the side of the river. The resulting record, Women’s debut self-titled set, is a tape-hiss-draped work both mysterious and immediate. Standing outside of a Vietnamese restaurant in Hamilton, guitarist/vocalist Chris Reimer spoke.
Interview: 9 October 2008
You’re in the middle of three solid months on tour. Is it weird to have your life planned so far in advance?
“It’s kind of hilarious: you want to make plans with your friends, and you say: ‘Let’s go for coffee! How’s April?’ It feels weird, but it’s also kinda nice, because playing music for people is the only thing we really want to do.”
Has it always been that way?
“Well, I started playing guitar when I was 10, and started jamming with [Women’s] Pat [Flegel] and Mike [Wallace] when we were, probably, 13. We were the guys at school who played music. We’ve been in bands on and off since then; most of my life has actually been spent making music with the dudes in this band.” Continue reading
Remembering Women’s Chris Reimer posted on February 23, 2012
Listen to mp3.
I have known Chris for about 10 years, and had the fortune to travel around the world with him, faking my way as some kind of tour manager for the band he played in with the Flegel brothers and M. Wallace. I have been blessed to have spent so much time with him. Chris and I were close, and I know we would have been friends forever. In a way now, we are friends forever.
Chris attracted the best people, and this last week in Calgary has been amazing. Thank you Nikki, and your whole family. Chris loved his family in a way that is uncommon, and you guys meant so much to him.
Lots of love,