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RIP: Chris Reimer of Women

By February 23, 2012

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Incredibly sad news that Chris Reimer, guitarist of noisy Canadian outfit Women, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday. He was only 26 years old.

"We're shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Women guitarist, Chris Reimer," wrote Women's US label, Jagjaguwar. "Chris' virtuosic playing is one of the many reasons we fell in love with this band in the first place."

"He definitely pushed me as an artist," Chad Van Gaalen —who produced Women's two albums, 2008's Women and 2010's Public Straintold The National Post. "He inspired me. . . . We definitely fed off of each other as far finding sounds -- he was definitely hungry for the same things. But he managed to translate them a lot better than I ever could. And that was always something that I admired about him."

Women went on hiatus in 2010 after brothers Pat and Matt Flegel had an on-stage fist-fight in Victoria, BC. In the interim, Reimer had been touring as a live member of the Dodos.

Reimer's sister, Nikki, has set up a blog in tribute to her brother. And here's an interview I did with Reimer from 2008. I can confirm all reports that he was a swell guy, and that his all-too-soon death is tragic.

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