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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Women: Fighting One Another

Posted by Ethan Jayne on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 2:11 PM

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For all of you hoping to see a NSFW video of some Foxy Boxing, sorry to disappoint—this post concerns Women, the band. At their Victoria, B.C. show on October 29th—just four days after their headlining Doug Fir show here in Portland—the four Canucks nearly broke out into an onstage hockey fight. (Or as we call it here in the States, a fight.) Exclaim! has the scoop:

We were just at a show Women were headlining at Lucky Bar in Victoria, BC. As they initially came on stage the band members seemed to be struggling with Patrick [Flegel, guitarist] and a fight almost broke out. They went backstage again for several minutes. The band came out again minus Patrick and were making small talk with the audience. Patrick came out acting really erratic and said something to the effect of "we're breaking up right now, you're all going to see our last show."



They played about five songs, which sounded pretty awful. At one point Patrick said (into the mic, during a song) "you fucked that up" to Christopher [Reimer, guitarist]. Christopher and Matthew [Flegel, bassist] left the stage at the end of the song. Michael [Wallace, drummer] left after another minute or two or later, saying "my music career is over." Lucky turned the house music on while Patrick continued "playing." Security tried to talk him off stage. He left, and then came back and started smashing Matthew's guitar against an amp.

Since the tiff, the band has released a statement through their manager, detailing their level of stress, exhaustion, and desire for a break. Consequently, their next month of shows—including a full European tour—have been canceled. If you were at the Doug Fir that night, consider yourself lucky to have caught what could very well have been one of the last shows from a monumentally talented band that was, unfortunately, teetering on the brink all the while. If you weren't there, pick up a copy of their new record, Public Strain, anyway—I know we've crowed about it before, but it's one of the year's best so far—and keep your fingers crossed for reconciliation.

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