September 29th, 2009
I’ve mentioned this in a comment or two on Seattle Subsonic how much I enjoyed the REVERB Festival last year. Now I’m making it official in a blog post. There was just something about it that brought back memories of old Seattle. It had a feel of “big town” Seattle: super mellow, non-pretentiousness, no lines, lots of colorful character and good music. Maybe that feel had something to do with the gray day and that I was there way before the onslaught of 10pm bar-hoppers showed up in Ballard. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to go again this weekend. One band in particular I’m looking forward to is Seattle’s Visqueen.
I never really paid that much attention to Visqueen in prior years however their latest release Message to Garcia has made a big blip on my music radar as of late. Their newest album is a collection of songs that is a loving homage to front woman Rachel Flotard’s father who passed away from cancer earlier this year. It’s filled with power pop guitar riffs while leading lady Rachel Flotard’s unique voice is apparent singing straight from the heart and rocking at the same time. An eclectic cast of musicians lent a helping hand–Neko Case, pedal steel wizard Jon Rauhouse, The Fastbacks and The Long Winters–to create an extra-special electricity that resonates throughout the album.
Hand Me Down
Visqueen will be playing an all ages/early show/record release party this weekend at the REVERB Festival. They’ll be at the old school Ballard Eagles (where time has stood still for who knows how long) at 4pm. See you there.