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Listen local: Visqueen

May 8, 2009

Okay, now I’m really annoyed at the music industry. How come my local radio station played all kinds of crappy third-rate Nirvana wannabes on the other side of the continent, but I had to wait until 2009 to hear about Visqueen? (Seattleites and dedicated indie-music lovers, feel free to upbraid me for my cluelessness.) I caught their song “Beauty Deluxe” on KEXP a few weeks ago (off their sophomore release, Sunset on Dateland) and I’ve been exploring their back catalog since. Their power-pop sound has a bit of a harder punk edge, like The New Pornographers laced with the Buzzcocks. Couple that with lyrics like, “Circuitry has soldered me like fuses to a frame/a tiny dial, and love erupts on broadband” (from “Crush on Radio”) and I’m a goner. The best part? It looks like they are set to release a new album this year, their first since Sunset in 2004, so I’m crossing my fingers for a chance to see them live.

MP3: Visqueen – Beauty Deluxe [buy]

2 comments

  1. Hi,
    Well, you probably already know this but they did release that album. Message To Garcia dropped on September 8 and you will get your chance to see a show in 2010. Rachel hasn’t released any show dates to anybody outside the band yet(read that the public) but there will be plenty; even outside the US. You can get on the fan page on FB if you want and put in your 2 cents worth about where you’d like to see them play.


    • Thanks, Steve! I did know that the new album was released, and I’ll definitely keep an eye out for tour dates!



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