Women (band)

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OriginCalgary, Alberta, Canada
GenresIndie rock, post-punk, art rock, noise rock
Years active2007–2012
LabelsFlemish Eye, Jagjaguwar
Past membersPatrick Flegel
Christopher Reimer
Matt Flegel
Mike Wallace

Women was a Canadian art rock band formed in Calgary in 2008. The group consisted of Patrick Flegel, Christopher Reimer, Matt Flegel and Mike Wallace.[1] Their debut album Women was released on Chad VanGaalen's label Flemish Eye on July 8, 2008 in Canada[2] and on Jagjaguwar in the United States on October 7, 2008.[3] It was rumoured that the band broke up on October 29, 2010, after a fight on stage at a show at the Lucky Bar in Victoria although their management stated that they had merely cancelled the rest of their tour.


Women's debut album, Women, recorded by Chad VanGaalen, gained positive recognition from music publications including Pitchfork,[4] AllMusic,[5] PopMatters,[6] Vue Weekly, and [7] as well as other varied music blogs.[8] The band's sound has been likened to "sunny Beach Boys pop [...] dragged into a dark alley and gleefully mutilated",[7] as well as compared to other bands The Velvet Underground and The Zombies.[9] Pitchfork Media named their song "Black Rice" from their debut album the 18th best track of 2008.[10]

After the release of their debut album Women extensively toured throughout 2008 and 2009, performing over 180 times in North America, Europe and the UK. Highlight performances took place at Barcelona's Primavera Sound, Austin's SXSW, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival and London's The Lexington. The band has toured or performed with Mogwai, Abe Vigoda, Dungen, Deerhunter, and Eric's Trip. The song "Black Rice" was also listed by Pitchfork as the 410th best song of the 2000s.

Women's second album, Public Strain, was released in Canada, via Flemish Eye, and in the United States, UK, and Europe, via Jagjaguwar , on September 28, 2010. The album received praise from across the media spectrum, including Pitchfork, Exclaim!, Filter, and the BBC. Public Strain also topped the !earshot Top 50 Chart in October that year.[11]

The band began a European tour, followed by a US tour in the fall of 2010. It was rumoured that the band broke up on October 29, 2010 after a fight on stage at a show at the Lucky Bar in Victoria although their management stated that they merely cancelled the rest of their tour. Matt Flegel later confirmed in an interview with Marc Riley on BBC 6 that a fight had in fact broken out on stage between Patrick and the band, prematurely ending their tour.[12] Pitchfork released a three-song live video in February 2011 shot in an empty factory a few weeks before the band's indefinite hiatus.[13]

Some members of Women also played in the live band of Chad VanGaalen. Pat Flegel was a member of the band Fels-Naptha, and Michael Wallace is a former member of the bands Friendo and Azeda Booth, and toured with Porcelain Raft. Christopher Reimer toured with The Dodos during the summer and fall of 2011.[14]

On February 8, 2012, guitarist Christopher Reimer performed at Weeds Cafe in Calgary, recorded by Brad Hawkins.[15] Thirteen days later, on February 21, Reimer died in his sleep.[16] In 2012 Chad van Gaalen released The Chad Tape, containing 9 Reimer solo tracks.

Following the dissolution of the band and Reimer's death, Matthew Flegel and Michael Wallace formed the band Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) in 2012, while Pat Flegel formed Cindy Lee.[17]


Studio albums[edit]

Extended play[edit]

  • Rarities 2007-2010 (Flemish Eye / Jagjaguwar, 2020)


  • "Service Animal/Grey Skies" 7" (Jagjaguwar, 2010)
  • "Women / Cold Pumas / Fair Ohs / Friendo Split 7"" (Faux Discx, 2011)


  • Pitchfork Presents: A Three Song Live Special (Feb 2011)

Chris Reimer[edit]


  • Patrick Flegel – guitar, vocals (2007-2012)
  • Matthew Flegel – bass, percussion, vocals (2007-2012)
  • Michael Wallace – drums (2007-2012)
  • Christopher Reimer – guitar, samples, vocals (2007-2012; deceased)


  1. ^ "Women - Artist Profile". eventseeker.com. Retrieved 2020-01-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Women, S/T" (PDF). one sheet. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  3. ^ Thompson, Paul (25 September 2008). "Women Sign to Jagjaguwar, Bring Album to U.S." Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Women: Women". Pitchforkmedia.com. 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  5. ^ Women at AllMusic
  6. ^ Ranta, Alan. "Women: Women < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  7. ^ a b "Edmonton's 100% Independent Weekly : Prevue - Women". Vue Weekly. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  8. ^ "Women : Women". Flemish Eye. 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  9. ^ Hogan, Marc (10 June 2008). "On Repeat: Women: "Black Rice" [MP3/Stream]". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  10. ^ Moerder, Adam. "The 100 Best Tracks of 2008". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  11. ^ "The National Top 50 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, October 26, 2010". !Earshot.
  12. ^ Connor Dennehy (10 May 2015). "Viet Cong BBC 6 Radio Session (2/2)" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "Pitchfork.tv". Pitchfork.com. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  14. ^ "The Dodos at the Metro | Live review + photo gallery". Time Out Chicago. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  15. ^ "Multiphonic Sounds | I am sad to hear of Calgary guitarist Chris". Aaronleaney.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  16. ^ Babin, Tom (22 February 2012). "Guitarist for Calgary band Women Christopher Reimer dies". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Rising: Viet Cong". Pitchfork. March 13, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014.

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