(Cross-posted from FFWD Weekly)
Calgary art-rockers Women burn through a year’s worth of buzz
Published January 15, 2009 by Patrick Boyle in Music Previews
A year ago, the members of a long-dormant spaz-thrash band called Veritas were gearing up for a new project, a brash, ramshackle pastiche of melodic psych-rock and cacophonous noise. It would be called Women. The band’s self-titled debut was handled in Canada by Flemish Eye records, home to Chad VanGaalen, and soon afterwards the band was picked up internationally by Jagjaguwar. The album was released to a litany of praise from all the right places.
With their band-du-jour status, they have garnered reviews across the entire media spectrum, most praising the band. The sheer volume of media comes as a bit of a shock for four cynical, self-deprecating dudes who, not long ago, were jamming in their parents’ basements.
This week, Women return to their hometown stage as savvy veterans, having played over 100 shows across Europe and North America. As a welcome home gift, Fast Forwardscoured the music press for a range of comments on Women. We then sat the band down for breakfast and had them read the quotes at random, without knowing who wrote them, to see what has been said about their year in the sun. It seems pretty clear that success hasn’t gone to their heads.
“Calgary shoots and scores with the self-titled debut album from Women” — Pop Matters
Matthew Flegel (bass, vocals): Iginla wrote this, actually.
Christopher Reimer (guitar, samples, vocals): A hockey analogy is a good analogy, always.
Fast Forward: If you could make a better hockey analogy about Women, what would it be?
Patrick Flegel (guitar, vox): It’s like we’re on a breakaway, but there’s no net.
So how do you score?
CR: Exactly. Think about that. Continue reading
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
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