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FFWD: Calgary art-rockers Women burn through a year’s worth of buzz | 2009

(Cross-posted from FFWD Weekly)

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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

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Sled Island Art Show Announced | Opening Wednesday, June 20 @ 6:00 pm

(Marc Rimmer has done an amazing amount of work to put this together, and we’re all grateful. Please come out to the opening if you’re in Calgary; we’d love to see you. –Nikki)

Christopher J.J. Reimer

Known and loved both at home and abroad for his spellbinding guitar playing in bands such as Women and Azeda Booth, Chris Reimer was a fixture in the Calgary music scene for almost a decade. Before passing away suddenly in February 2012 at age 26, Chris made an unforgettable impression on his community with his huge talent and remarkably generous nature. This exhibit taps into Chris’ tremendous spirit and explores his unparalleled creative vision through a collection of photographs taken by him, his friends and bandmates, accompanied by a soundtrack of his lush and largely unheard ambient recordings. All opening reception drink sales and donations will benefit a memorial fund in Chris’ name.

When: Opening 6:00 p.m., Wednesday June 20 and running for the duration of the Sled Island Festival

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, 104 – 800 – Macleod Trail SE
(Main floor, Calgary Municipal Building)

Tix:Free. All opening reception drinks and donations will benefit The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund

About the fund:

Christopher John Joseph (Chris) Reimer was an immensely talented young artist who was taken from us at the tragically young age of 26. Known and loved throughout the world for his spellbinding guitar work in Azeda Booth and Women and as touring guitarist for The Dodos, Christopher also composed a significant amount of unreleased and largely unheard music. Christopher’s artistic talents extended beyond music: he was involved with dance performance as a youth, and he created a collection of mostly unseen drawings, photographs and writing as a young man. Chris’ early training in dance and music was integral to his development as a professional artist.

The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society (official charitable registration pending) is a collective of Chris’ closest friends and family who have banded together to keep his tremendous spirit alive. Chris was unfailingly generous, loving, loyal, humble and kind. It is our hope that his art and his generosity may live on through our work.

The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund has two aims:

1) to provide funding for youth to receive training in dance and music

2) to professionally produce and release the music that Chris wrote


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Medium to Medium with Women: September 2010 Interview with Chris Reimer

Hi Nikki,
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.

–Rob Patrick

[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

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Women at Flemisheye Ball

Hi Nikki,
I thought I’d send you a video that me and a couple of friends made for the Flemisheye Ball.  Here’s Women playing.

I have the whole concert on DVD too, and I can get your family a copy or anyone else that wants one.

-Jeff

Women live @ Flemisheye Ball, May 16, 2009. Video by Jeff MacLeod, Brian Batista and Brad Hawkins.

Women live at Flemisheye Ball, 2009

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Women, December 2008

Jagjaguwar-signed Women play in-store at London’s Rough Trade East

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Women Eyesore @ Cafe de la Danse 2010

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CBC Radio 3 Podcast

Remembering Women’s Chris Reimer posted on February 23, 2012

Listen to mp3.

Thanks, guys.

-N.

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