(Cross-posted from FFWD Weekly)
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