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Visqueen is a power pop/punk rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 2001. It is named after a brand of polyethylene film that United States Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge once recommended as a defense against bioterrorism.

The band’s original members were singer-songwriter-guitarist Rachel Flotard and drummer Ben Hooker, both formerly of Hafacat; and Kim Warnick, formerly of the Fastbacks. Warnick retired at the end of 2004, but Muffs co-founder Ronnie Barnett signed on to play the bass during the band’s 2005 tour.

Visqueen’s song “Vaxxine” has received frequent airplay on U.S. independent radio stations.

Rachel Flotard also writes a love advice column for Seattle-based online publication Three Imaginary Girls called Love is Hard with Rachel Flotard, where she dolls out spirited, sharp-witted advice for the love-lorn.


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  • jonath5

    Gonna miss you Visqueen. Here's to hoping Flotard's next project will be just as fantastic and that maybe Hooker will want to do some shows occasionally.

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • the_red_shoes

    No 'Message to Garcia' album on What a shame.

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ktparker

    Wish I could go to their KEXP secret show at Bumbershoot, but it's sold out and I'll be waiting to get into the mainstage, anyway. Definitely leaving Bob Dylan's set early to see them, though!

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • BevM

    Holy cow! I heard "Fight For Love" on Mercy a few weeks back and I now have the entire back catalogue on order. Just... frankly... blown away.

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Sarah_H_

    soooooooooo good. MUST see live! trust me!

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • ulfkastner

    Rachel Flotard has mad stage charisma. I reckon it to be damn near impossible to not develop a crush on her immediately upon catching these guys live.

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • n00kify

    One of the most seriously underrated bands EVAR.

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • lowbrass

    I've lived in Seattle for 6 years now. How have I not known about this band until now?! Kicking myself. Absolutely awesome.

    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • vyvyansboots

    Saw them last night with x in seattle, fucking amazing.

    12 Apr 2009 Reply
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    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Juicyjones

    Damn straight I love Visqueen. zomg. I just started a group here on,

    23 Jul 2008 Reply
  • monicaw

    seattle loves visqueen!! awesome live ; )

    11 Jan 2008 Reply
  • pierre777

    UK love for these guys, love it.

    21 Jan 2007 Reply
  • CAPacelli

    saw these guys open for shonen knife, geez, 2 years ago at a local rock club and lemme tell was one hell of an awesome show. just figured id show some love :p

    21 Oct 2006 Reply

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