It’s not every day bands break up onstage, which is why when it happens it’s like a car crash – you can’t look away. Well the band-breakup-car-crash hit Canadian band Women this past weekend, and if the accounts are true, it was pretty ugly.
At the band’s show on Friday night in Victoria, BC, it seems the indie rockers brought their troubles onto the stage with them. Here’s a recap of events:
“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.”
If I didn’t know any better, it would sound like the band broke up. But wait – according to Pitchfork (via the band’s record label), that’s not the case:
“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.”
The band has since canceled its scheduled European tour. We’ll keep you posted.