2020 | 12" EP | FLCR043
Ten years ago, on September 28, 2010, we released 'Public Strain', the second album by Women. Now, a decade later, we have a special 10th Anniversary edition of this now legendary album as well as the release of this 12" of rarities. Fans of the band have waited years to hear snippets of rare material, and five of these long-rare tracks are now available in one collection. 'Rarities 2007-2010' features material that was either hard-to-find or never released, all mastered properly for the first time.
'Public Strain' is also available on a limited-edition clear vinyl pressing, and you can purchase both together as a bundle.
- Everyone Is So In Love With You
- Service Animal
- Grey Skies
- Group Transport Hall (Alternate Version)
On September 28th, 2010, 'Public Strain' was unleashed into the world. Women, the young band behind it, was made up of four childhood friends from Calgary, Alberta, and the follow up to their 2008 self-titled debut would become their final entry, despite only being a band a few years. The product of an intense and difficult year-long recording process, 'Public Strain' seems without any clear sonic lineage — equal parts Velvet Underground, Deerhoof, and Television, but distinctly unique and unprecedented. Just over a month after the album’s release, the short-lived band was finished; however, the reverberations of “Public Strain” were widespread and it became regarded as a modern-day masterpiece, a vital document of an inimitable moment in time, and a clear touchstone for countless albums since its release.
Now, a decade later, Jagjaguwar & Flemish Eye are announcing a special 10th-anniversary edition of this now legendary album as well as the release of some long-rare B-side material. 'Public Strain' will be available on a limited-edition clear vinyl pressing. Fans of the band have waited years to hear snippets of rare material, and five of those rarities are now being compiled into one collection to complement the reissue. 'Rarities 2007-2010' features material that was either hard-to-find, over never released, all mastered properly for the first time.
Bullfight recorded at Comrad Sound in 2010 and released on a split 7”.
Everyone Is So In Love With You recorded by Pat and Matt at their parents’ house in 2010.
Grey Skies and Service Animal recorded by Chad VanGaalen at Yoko Eno, 2009. Both originally released on Public Strain bonus 7”.
Group Transport Hall recorded by Chad VanGaalen at Yoko Eno, 2007 as an alternate version.
Cover image is an aerial photograph of the City of Calgary, July 1964. Public domain, courtesy of the University of Calgary.
Rear cover photo by Fred Kobsted. Used with permission of the estate of the photographer.
Inner sleeve photos L-R from top left: Melanie Grisak (A1,A2,A3,B1,C1,C2,C4,D1), Nick Helderman (A3,A4,B3B4,).
Mastered by Josh Stevenson at Otic Sound.
Chris Reimer's presence is huge on all these songs, and he's sorely missed by all of us. Thanks to the Reimer Legacy Fund and his family. More at www.cjjrlegacyfund.com.