R.I.P.: Chris Reimer, Guitarist for Women (UPDATED)
By Staff; thumbnail by Glulla Mazza on February 22, 2012
We are shocked and saddened this morning by the sudden passing of Women guitarist Chris Reimer. According to the Calgary Herald, Reimer died on Tuesday in his sleep. In the span of three years, the Calgary four-piece released two highly acclaimed albums, Women in 2008 and Public Strain in 2010. In late 2010, the band went on hiatus and their status remained unclear. In the interim, Reimer had joined Dodos as a touring member during 2011.
Women's U.S. label Jagjaguwar posted the following in a blog post Wednesday morning:
Chris’ virtuosic playing is one of the many reasons we fell in love with [Women] in the first place. If you were lucky enough to ever see them play live, you know what we mean. Always calm and collected while shredding. So much fun to watch. All of that aside, Chris was an incredible friend. He was one of the warmest and funniest people we’ve been lucky to know and work with. As sad as this is, it’s hard to not smile when thinking of him. Our love and support goes out to Chris’ family and friends. So so much love for you, Chris.
Reimer played his last performance, a solo set, on February 8 at Weeds Cafe in Calgary. Fellow musician Aaron Leaney was on the bill with Reimer that night and has shared audio recorded from Reimer's final set on his blog, Multiphonic Sounds.
At the time of press, no cause of death has been reported. Reimer was 26.
[UPDATE] Women's Canadian label, Chad Van Gaalen's Flemish Eye, has issued a touching statement on Reimer's death, noting that the guitarist suffered from a heart condition, though it is not known if that caused his death.
image courtesy of Jagjaguwar