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FIRSTLY: This new Visqueen album is my favorite thing on earth. Besides my Dad. Please enjoy it, and put it on when you need the extra juice to run up a flight of stairs, or wheel down an alpine slide.
I love you. And thank you for listening,
Rachel Flotard

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  • Audio CD (September 8, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Local 638 Records
  • ASIN: B002MVC7HO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Visqueen is back with a brand new album - a sparkling fresh, D.I.Y. love letter to the big E.L.O. melody and Cheap Trick crunch that earned them a spot next to any Buzzcock in the bar.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Rachel Flotard has been busy the last several years appearing with Neko Case, lending her voice to Neko's most recent albums. She's appeared on Leno and Letterman, and toured with Neko throughout the U.S.A., Europe and the U.K. Ms. Case returns the favor multiple times on Visqueen's Message To Garcia, and joins a spectacular cast of collaborators - from The Fastbacks to pedal steel/banjo genius Jon Rauhouse to The Long Winters. The result is a killer, super fun sing-a-long record with gigantic guitars, gangs of handclaps, unexpected flugelhorns, and the exalted blessing of cello. Assembled and produced by Rachel Flotard with her King Me cohort, Barrett Jones (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) on her new independent record label, Local 638 Records, inspired by her beloved and recently departed dad's New York City Steamfitters union.

Message To Garcia (11 tracks mixed by Young Fresh Fellow and Fastback, Kurt Bloch) is the distinguished elder sister to two previous Northwest album favorites: King Me (2003) and Sunset On Dateland (2004).

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The band is so fun; it sounds a little like Neko Case and Joan Jett, and there's nothing wrong with that. --Stephen Thompson, NPR, naming the album The Biggest Surprise of the Year

It's a warm-hearted, hardworking album, pushed forward at a breakneck power-pop pace by whalloping drums and grinding, giddy guitars, clearly uninterested in wasting any single second of anyone's time. --Rachel Maddux, Paste

From the disc's opening blast, Hand Me Down, to its crashing coda 10 songs later, Jimmy vs. James, the music is insistent, urgent, thrilling. There are no wasted notes, no flash distractions. --Joe Heim, Washington Post

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A must-have CD for any fan of rock and roll.
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From the lyrics and instrument selection to the rolling harmonies and arrangements, every song speaks to me with meaning and sonic depth.
C. Whalley
Songs like "So Long" will have you asking Tito to pass the tissues (or the Wild Turkey).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H. Marquis on September 8, 2009
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Visqueen is a wildly fun rock 'n' roll band that simultaneously shakes your hips and tugs at your heart. To my ears, a potent mix of The Replacements and Buzzcocks. But fronted by the disarmingly cool Rachel Flotard, who is inimitable. No other band is THIS ridiculously infectious; these songs just burrow into bones and animate the body. If you love, love, love great rock music, this band is for you. Intelligent, unpretentious, and fun as eff you see kay.

Oh, and this is their richest album to date! Rocket blast tunes dressed up with new textures, wrinkles, etc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer H. Rothschild on November 1, 2009
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I had never heard Visqueen before, and I was so smitten by the music that I played the CD over and over. Now I have several of the tunes running through my head at all times. I only wish that the lyrics were included, because this isn't "standard issue" stuff - some of it is very deep! A must-have CD for any fan of rock and roll. Rachel Flotard is very talented and has a great voice. Neko Case is on back-up vocals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Logan on September 11, 2009
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See that big cat on the cover? That's the sleek, sexy predator of rock coming out of the jungle to chew you right out of your cummerbund. This new Visqueen record has all the catchy hooks and melodies that you would expect from a Visqueen joint, but with even more claws. And pounce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Whalley on December 14, 2009
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I bought this album after hearing Visqueen's front-woman Rachel Flotard on NPR this morning. She was talking about her experience providing hospice care to her ailing father and without even hearing a song my curiousity was piqued. I wondered, how would an experience like that effect a musician? The answer is that she created an absolutely amazing rock album! From the lyrics and instrument selection to the rolling harmonies and arrangements, every song speaks to me with meaning and sonic depth. Two thumbs, eight fingers and ten enthusiastic toes up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orval on October 9, 2009
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Having lived in Seattle for years I've seen Visqueen a few times and they never really struck me as being that interesting. Usually it was at a show opening for another band. Once I saw Rachael come out and sing Glad Girls with the grandfather of indie rock himeself - Mr. Bob Pollard. Fast forward a few years and it took an article in the local weekly Seattle goto paper, The Stranger, for me to re think about this band I never think about. In this stupid age of folky wannabee backporch campfire hipsters that inhabit the wasteland of Pitchforked foolishness it was great to read an article about such a genuine person. Seattle can be a strange town musically but also diverse. The Fleet Foxes make Harry Potter music for children, Visqueen makes real music for anyone.

With such an incredible voice, it's not surprising that Racheal sings back up on the last Nico Case album and Nico returned the favor here. There are a lot of similarities in both voices as well but the music of Visqueen is on the other end of the spectrum musically. Visqueen is pretty much a power pop band fronted by a great singer. The band is good no doubt but some of the songs start to blend together which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Lot's of baere chords here. It's upbeat for the most part. The striking song on the album is So Long. Sad slide guitars and pretty instrumentation mixed with Racheal Flotards beautiful voice are hopefully a harbinger of musical output in her future. It's a good album and although not the type of music I generally listen to, I dig this record. It's easy to listen to over and over again. It was obvious at the show the band has fun and that comes through the sound as well. The music resonates with honesty also. There is nothing kitsch or ironic about this music like so much crap out there. Nice to have something like this come out at the begninning of a long dark Seattle Winter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Woody Butler on September 12, 2009
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Ok - this is the good stuff - this band could define great rock music.

Rachel Flotard's lyrics are always full of interesting phrases and the bigger band really fills out the sound, anchored by Ben Hooker's drums :). (having seen them live several times, Ben is my choice for filling the drum stool in Led Zepplin - but you need to see him to really appreciate that ;) ).

I've just started listening to this but even now after the 3rd or 4th listen I can tell - this CD rocks.

If you like most any sort of rock'n'roll music with infectous up-tempo lyrics and great rock guitar and drums - this is the CD for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Schile on September 11, 2009
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Here's what you need to know: Visqueen a very good band. They're not just indie good, or obscure good, or Seattle good. They are universally good. So quit stumbling about like a toddler and buy this album. You will be glad you did.

Another thing you should know: Visqueen kicks [...]. They kick [...] like a guy who gets a razor pulled on him and blocks the slash with his forearm so he can deliver the knock-out blow because he knows that the cut will be clean and will heal up without a much of a scar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Schooler on September 10, 2009
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Visqueen's leading lady Rachel Flotard writes and sings straight from the heart. And on top of that, she rocks. Her talents are endless - not only on this great album and the ones that came before it, but also on stage. If you haven't seen Visqueen live, make sure you do this year. You will laugh, you will cry - it's better than Chorus Line, better than CATS!
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