Talking Shop with Chris Reimer of Women

15 Oct

Canadian band, Women is a group that has been heard around the Reviewsic water cooler for awhile now. The band even made an appearance in Chicago just last month at one of our favorite venues, Schubas. We can’t deny that we have enjoyed the musical musings of this quartet, but we did have our own two cents to toss in when we reviewed the recently release Public Strain. You can check out our review of the album here, and if you should like (as we think you very much should) you can read our interview with Women’s Chris Reimer that he so kindly answered questions for last week.

Public Strain is out now via Flemish Eye Records and Jagjaguar Records

Reviewsic: Can you give us a quick recap of what the band has been up to lately?

Chris Reimer: We have been on tour for about 6 days. It’s going rather well except for some van trouble that made us miss our show in Winnipeg (which was a bummer).

Reviewsic: What is the back-story on how the band came to be what it is today?

Chris Reimer: Calgary is our Hamburg and this record is our ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Reviewsic:  What are your top three musical influences?

Chris Reimer: DD/MM/YYYY, Neoton , Justice

Reviewsic Sting, among others, once released his lyrics on their own as poetry. Do you think that’s something you would ever do/would your lyrics hold up in that separate format?
Chris Reimer: Um… I would do just about anything Sting told me to do. No, I don’t think so. We wouldn’t do that. The lyrics were written to suit the songs and not the other way around.

Reviewsic: What are the last three albums or bands you listened to? Chris Reimer: Bob Dylan-Nashville Skyline, Zs- New Slaves, Soft Machine-Third
Reviewsic: If you could work with one person in the music industry (musician, label, producer etc), who would it be and why?

Chris Reimer: Chris Koltay, producer and sound man extraordinaire.  Mostly because he is so handsome. He also has the golden ears of a saint.

Reviewsic: What is the most memorable concert you’ve ever attended?

Giulia Mazza

Chris Reimer: I saw Daft Punk at Coachella a couple of years back. It’s still one of the best things I’ve seen.

Reviewsic:  Who are three asof your favorite local bands?

Chris Reimer: Manchild, who we will be touring with, are fantastic. Kris Ellestad is a musical genious and an all-around nice guy and Azeda Booth (who are one of my favourite bands ever).

Reviewsic: If you could book a tour with any 3 bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

Chris Reimer: I would love to tour with Sightings because I really like their music and haven’t had the opportunity to see them. The Band because I want to figure out what the heck made that keyboard player ‘tick’. Ted Nugent because I want to ‘shoot things’ with him.

Reviewsic:Tell us about Public Strain – Did you enter the studio with a specific intent or concept? How do you feel it differs from your previous album and what do you hope listeners take away from this record?

Chris Reimer: There wasn’t really a specific thing we had in mind when we started the record.  I think its a bit more fleshed out than the last one and a little closer to what we would like to achieve, sonically, as a band.

Reviewsic: How would you compare yourselves as musicians at this point as opposed to when you first began playing together?

Chris Reimer: We met when we were young – we started playing together when we were about 12. We aren’t really trying to rip-off Soundgarden anymore.

Reviewsic: What are some of your favorite cities and/or venues to play?

Chris Reimer: One of my favourite places was Peter Bradley’s attic in Guelph.  He cooked us a crazy Thanksgiving dinner. It was one of the best nights ever.

Reviewisc: What are the best and worst band moments so far in your career?

Chris Reimer: It seems like we have been riding in a lot of tow trucks lately; though, riding in tow trucks is actually really fun.

Reviewsic: What are a few items essential to your “tour survival kit”?

Chris Reimer: If I have a book and some socks then everything is smooth like cake.

Reviewsic: What are your plans for music in the next year?

Chris Reimer: To tour as much as possible.

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