WOMEN

On their debut self-titled album, Women embraced sonic brashness that deeper examination revealed to be tinted with sly pop melody. With "Public Strain" the band honed a sound truthful to that reverb drenched noise while allowing the pop sensibilities to surface into clearer focus. In fall of 2009, Patrick Flegel (vocals/guitar), Matt Flegel (bass/vocals), Chris Reimer (guitar/vocals), and Michael Wallace (drums) went into the studio with an abundance of ideas, working around conflicting schedules and graveyard shifts. With Chad VanGaalen again on production duties, the band laboriously crafted a timeless sounding recording over the dead of winter in Alberta, Canada. The result exploits their usage of harsh, grating dissonance in smaller and controlled doses, using noise as the foundation for richly structured, layered songwriting. From the opening strains of "Can't You See" it's clear that the album is far more than just a continuation of their debut. Resting upon Matt Flegel's plodding bass line, Patrick Flegel's deadpan vocal delivery, and Chris Reimer on bowed guitars and cello, this moody, nocturnal ballad opens the album on a dark note one that is quickly countered by "Heat Distraction", a jigsaw of bright guitar phrases and winding time signatures. This exact balance of delicate and dense is a pervasive thread throughout the album, reflecting the contradiction of the band's environment buried in urban sprawl framed by prairie landscape. Whether twisting through the urgent krautrock of "Locust Valley", an exercise of harmony through simplicity, or climaxing with the bittersweet melody of "Eyesore", the album somehow builds luminous contrast out of a palette of grays. In places claustrophobic, conjuring walking dreams of sexual anguish and general decay, elsewhere soaring with vintage guitar tones and vocal melodies or collapsing into swirling, mesmerizing swells, "Public Strain" cycles through insomnia, paranoia, resignation and euphoria, to capture a band with an undeniable voice coming into full awareness of their craft.

Women Announce Second Album: Public Strain

Public StrainIt’s been just under 2 years since the self titled debut release from these Canadian dudes. They were hard at work in that time, though. Matt toured China with Marnie Stern. Mike released a record on St. Ives with his band Friendo. And, as Women, they played over 200 shows around the world. Somewhere in between all of that, they found time to write and record a new record. That record is titled: Public Strain Read the rest of this entry »

WOMEN Tour With Abe Vigoda, Crystal Stilts And Chad Van Gaalen

This past fall we fell for the music made by the men from Calgary called WOMEN despite their inevitably ungoogleable band name. Their great pop sensibility channeled through a rough and ready experimental lo-fi sound leaves enough surprises that we continually find it lodged in nooks and crannies in my head. Like a teenage boy, we just can’t seem to get WOMEN off our collective mind! Now you too will have a chance to hear what the buzz is all about. On March 8 WOMEN embark on a coast to coast tour of the United States including three days at South By Southwest, and shows with Crystal Stilts, Abe Vigoda, and the producer of their self-titled debut album, Mr. Chad Van Gaalen. Come hear what the glorious ruckus is all about.

Peep the tour dates HERE

WOMEN On Pitchfork.tv Live

WOMEN played a boat load of CMJ showcases this past year and the fine folks over at Pitchfork.tv were kind enough to film one of their performances at The Cake Shop. See for yourself below:

Women’s self titled debut is out now in both the US and UK.

WOMEN Debut Up For Pre-Order, Announce Tour

You can now pre-order the debut album from newest Jagjaguwar family members, WOMEN. Order your CD or LP of their stellar self titled debut HERE.

The guys will also be heading out on tour in support of the new record. Dates below:

10/01/08 Quebec City, QC – Antenne-A w/ Chad Vangaalen
10/02/08 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox w/ Chad Vangaalen
10/03/08 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal: Ukranian Federation w/ Chad Vangaalen + Julie Doiron
10/04/08 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo w/ Chad Vangaalen
10/09/08 Hamilton, ON – Casbah Lounge w/ Chad Vangaalen
10/10/08 London, ON – Call The Office
10/11/08 Brantford, ON – Ford Plant
10/16/08 Princeton, NJ – Terrace Club
10/18/08 Burlington, VT – Radiator
10/19/08 New York, NY – Cake Shop w/ The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
10/26/08 Allegheny, PA – Allegheny College
10/27/08 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick w/ King Khan And BBQ Show
10/29/08 Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College w/ King Khan And BBQ Show
10/30/08 Gambier, OH – Kenyon College w/ King Khan And BBQ Show
10/31/08 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge w/ King Khan And BBQ Show
11/01/08 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club w/ King Khan And BBQ Show
11/02/08 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room w/ King Khan And BBQ Show
11/03/08 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge w/ King Khan And BBQ Show
11/04/08 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge w/ King Khan And BBQ Show
11/07/08 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey w/ Dungen
11/08/08 Portland, OR – Doug Fir w/ Dungen
11/10/08 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill w/ Dungen
11/11/08 Visalia, CA – Cellar door w/ Dungen
11/12/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Dungen
11/20/08 Groningen, NL – Vera w/ Chad Vangaalen
11/21/08 Den Haag, NL – Crossing Borders Festival
11/22/08 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix w/ Chad Vangaalen
11/24/08 Paris, France – La Fleche D’or w/ Chad Vangaalen
11/25/08 London, UK – The Borderline w/ Chad Vangaalen
11/27/08 Glasgow, UK – The Captain’s Rest w/ Chad Vangaalen
11/28/08 Belfast, UK – Limelight w/ Chad Vangaalen
11/29/08 Galway, Ireland – Rodin Dubh w/ Chad Vangaalen
11/30/08 Dublin, Ireland – Crawdaddy w/ Chad Vangaalen
12/02/08 Manchester, UK – Night And Day Cafe w/ Chad Vangaalen
12/03/08 London, UK – The Windmill
12/04/08 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

Women’s debut will be released 10/7/2008

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Ground Control Touring
190 N 10th St., Ste 301
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.8203 Phone
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