Women were an art rock band formed in 2007 in Calgary. Their debut album Women was released on Chad VanGaalen's label Flemish Eye on July 8, 2008 in Canada and on Jagjaguwar in the United States on October 7, 2008. 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.
Women's debut album, Women, recorded by Chad VanGaalen, gained positive recognition from music publications including Pitchfork Media,Allmusic,PopMatters,Vue Weekly, and as well as other varied music blogs. The band's sound has been likened to "sunny Beach Boys pop ... dragged into a dark alley and gleefully mutilated", as well as compared to other bands The Velvet Underground and The Zombies. Pitchfork Media named their song "Black Rice" from their debut album the 18th best track of 2008.
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 Records, and in the United States, UK, and Europe, via Jagjaguwar Records, on September 28, 2010. The album received praise from across the media spectrum. Pitchfork, Exclaim!, Filter, and the BBC turned-in positive reviews in favour of the album. 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. Pitchfork released a three-song live video in February 2011 shot in an empty factory a few weeks before the band's indefinite hiatus
Some members of Women also play in the live band of Chad VanGaalen. Pat Flegel is also a member of the band Fels-Naptha, and Michael Wallace is a former member of the band Friendo and Azeda Booth, and is currently touring with Porcelain Raft. Christopher Reimer toured with The Dodos during the summer and fall of 2011.
On February 8, 2012, guitarist Christopher Reimer performed at Weeds Cafe in Calgary, recorded by Brad Hawkins. Thirteen days later, on February 21, Reimer died in his sleep. In 2012 Chad van Gaalen released The Chad Tape, containing 9 Reimer solo tracks.
Following the disbanding of the band and Reimer's death, Matthew Flegel and Michael Wallace formed the band Viet Cong in 2012, while Pat Flegel formed Cindy Lee.