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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.