Touring is stressful, sure, but you and your band mates gotta check that tension at the stage door and focus on your job. Or you don’t really have to, because if your band flies off the handle onstage, it’s nothing but hilarious. Cue the next indie meltdown via Women.
According to several reports from concert attendees (via Prefix and Exclaim!), the Canadian art-rockers had a bit of a row onstage last Friday in Victoria, BC. Witness Arynne McMurray told the following to Exclaim:
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 were breaking up right now, youre 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 Matthews guitar against an amp.
But before you cast aspersions on these rowdy boys, and go telling everyone that they broke up, Pitchfork reached out to their record label, Flemish Eye, who had this to say: “Women is exhausted and returning home early from tour. They have experienced a lot of stress on this tour, are in near-exhaustion and need some time to recuperate… The band would appreciate some privacy as they sort things out.”
Ã la Brian Johnstown Massacre or last year’s Wavves meltdown, Women now join the list of young bands who, for whatever reason, just up and lose it on stage. Best wishes to the band. Get well, and bet back out there guys.