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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Track of the Day: Visqueen Hands Down Noise Pop Love

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 7:30 AM

How 'bout some old-fashioned power pop? The kind with a horn section, a strong female singer who can belt out the hooks, a chorus that calls out to "come and get your love," and guest backing vocals by Neko Case? Seattle's Visqueen has a winning formula with the song "Hand Me Down," off its latest album, Message to Garcia.

The single expresses the side of Visqueen songwriter Rachel Flotard that wants to "be happy and make out with Bad Company."There's plenty of good cheer planted in the band's songs. But all that pop happiness came during a difficult time for the musican--Flotard's father passed away after a long battle with cancer, and she wrote this music to help boost her own spirits as much as any fan's.

Flotard isn't just a force to reckoned with on her own records, though. She's also backed Ms. Case on Middle Cyclone and Fox Confessor Brings The Flood. The favor was returned by the iconic redhead for Message to Garcia.

You can check out Flotard's instant charisma for yourself, both with "Hand Me Down," and when Visqueen plays a Noise Pop show on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Bottom of the Hill with Dizzy Balloon, The Hounds Below, and Laarks.

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