11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are no women in Women (of course); the band is comprised of four young Canadian men with a knack for making inscrutable pop music that eschews verse-chorus-verse songwriting in favor of tunes that march and shuffle along to waves of feedback, or dissonant guitars, or sharp, angular rhythms. Public Strain is their second full-length release, and it continues very much in the vein of their 2008 eponymous debut, with tracks like “Narrow With the Hall” and “Locust Valley” sounding like indie-pop wannabes while songs like “Can’t You See” and “Bells” are oddly enchanting pop outliers that poke and prod. The jutting, spastic guitars of “China Steps” and “Heat Distraction” faintly evoke Can and Captain Beefheart (respectively), and the noisy post-punk of “Drag Open” borrows from Thurston Moore’s “Dissonance for Dummies.” With producer and psych-pop musician Chad VanGaalen again at the helm, Public Strain creeps stealthily into the listener’s psyche, where it will likely live long after “Eyesore” has faded to its bittersweet, but hopeful, end.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are no women in Women (of course); the band is comprised of four young Canadian men with a knack for making inscrutable pop music that eschews verse-chorus-verse songwriting in favor of tunes that march and shuffle along to waves of feedback, or dissonant guitars, or sharp, angular rhythms. Public Strain is their second full-length release, and it continues very much in the vein of their 2008 eponymous debut, with tracks like “Narrow With the Hall” and “Locust Valley” sounding like indie-pop wannabes while songs like “Can’t You See” and “Bells” are oddly enchanting pop outliers that poke and prod. The jutting, spastic guitars of “China Steps” and “Heat Distraction” faintly evoke Can and Captain Beefheart (respectively), and the noisy post-punk of “Drag Open” borrows from Thurston Moore’s “Dissonance for Dummies.” With producer and psych-pop musician Chad VanGaalen again at the helm, Public Strain creeps stealthily into the listener’s psyche, where it will likely live long after “Eyesore” has faded to its bittersweet, but hopeful, end.

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About Women

Psychedelic-tinged noise rock quartet Women formed in 2007 around the talents of Chris Reimer, Mike Wallace, and brothers Pat and Matt Flegel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The longtime friends utilize a shape-shifting arsenal of samplers and drum machines amidst the traditional rock setup of bass, drums, and guitars, and emit a sonic onslaught that has drawn comparisons to Caribou, Velvet Underground, No Age, and Abe Vigoda. The group recorded its eponymous debut with Flemish Eye/Jagjaguwar labelmate Chad VanGaalen in 2008 before embarking on a North American and European tour. Upon returning to Canada, the band went back into the studio with VanGaalen and recorded its second album, Public Strain, which was released in 2010. On February 21, 2012, Chris Reimer passed away in his sleep at the age of 26. ~ James Christopher Monger

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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