Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Message to Garcia by Visqueen, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Message to Garcia

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

Rachel Flotard and Ben Hooker return kicking, five years after the Seattle trio's sophomore effort Sunset on Dateland. The half-decade disappearance has had no deleterious effect on their big, heavy, melodic attack, despite the loss of northwest punk pioneer bassist Kim Warnick to retirement. The punky crunch of Sunset and 2003's hot King Me may have dissipated a soupçon without Warnick's tough punk-chick chops, but with Nirvana/Foo Fighters and King Me producer Barrett Jones manning the position — and returning as engineer/co-producer — Visqueen's wild wallop remains hard 'n' tight. Perhaps their sound just tips closer to Cheap Trick now than Warnick's Fastbacks, though fellow ex-Fastback Kurt Bloch mixed this. (Scattered piano, organ, horns, pedal steel, cello, etc. add superb new depth and color, too.) And though there are copious guest stars such as Neko Case (on five songs; Flotard has similarly backed the New Pornographers, and Case, for years) and the Long Winters' John Roderick; the high-energy, uptempo, elastic blast of Visqueen is Flotard's stock in trade, with her kick-ass licks (augmented by new second guitarist Tom Cummings), her commanding thick pipes and compassionate lyrics, and Hooker's slam-banging. Man, it's great to have them back. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Message to Garcia showcases Visqueen's Brilliance

I always get a little nervous when a band had produced album after album of great songs. How can they keep it fresh and not lose their edge? I'm relieved that Visqueen has stayed on track with Message to Garcia. The hard driving, hard rockin' sound I've come to expect is present throughout the entire album. What's added is more complex and diverse use of other instruments besides the usual rock staples. It all works, amazingly, beautifully. Rachel Flotard could sing the phone book at make it rock. The pedal steel on Beautiful Amnesia was unexpected, but perfect. The Capitol almost has a motown mood. Forgive Me beautifully illustrates Flotard's amazing range, pitch, and strength. Ditto on Jimmy Vs. James, which also has a great rock arrangement complete with moog organ. So Long is an incredible ballad. This album is terrific!

Solid album from an amazing band

Been a Visqueen fan for many years now, loved their first album King Me to death, and adored Sunset on Dateland. I have been anxiously awaiting this new album, and it was worth the wait. I think "Message to Garcia" is their most solid and complete so far, simply awesome from track 1 to 11. Rachel is an amazing songwriter, her lyrics are always smart and fresh, and you know the music comes from the heart; the album is dedicated to her recently passed father, and the feeling and emotion really comes through on this album. The tunes themselves are mostly upbeat and catchy rock tunes that, like most Visqueen songs, get stuck in your head like glue (e.g. Fight for Love, Forgive Me), but even the slow and mellow songs (So Long) keep you interested. Ben plays solid drums as usual, and the added guitar flair of one of the newer members of the band Tom Cummings, makes the sound even more full. Plus, many tracks have additional guest players, including vocals of Neko Case on several tracks, that really make every song rich and complex, a bit different from the original more raw 3 piece sound on the previous albums, but in a good way. Also, if you ever get a chance to see these guys live, do it. I have seen tons of their shows, and every single one has been a blast, Rachel is funny as hell, and they are all just cool honest people with no attitude who love to rock, very refreshing. You will love this band!!!

Rave on Visqueen!

Honestly, I have not heard the whole album yet, but I am totally hooked on the song, Ward. I first heard it on Seattle's indy radio, KEXP, and kept finding myself listening every day just to hear this song. That's when I knew I had to buy the single! Visqueen is a local Seattle band, and I'm hoping to see them live someday. Singer Rachel Flotard has an amazing voice and complete command of this rave up pop anthem. Lovely electronic touches and a driving backbeat fill out the mix to make it a song that will no doubt stay in my top rotation for quite some time. Now to listen to the rest of the album...


Formed: 2001

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Visqueen was formed in Seattle by a couple of Washingtonians and a former Jersey girl. Ben Hooker (drums) and Kim Warnick (bass, vocals) are the locals, while Rachel Flotard (guitar, vocals) is (or was) the out-of-towner. Prior to Visqueen, Hooker and Flotard were in Seattle-by-way-of-Bremerton's Hafacat, while Warnick was a founding member of the legendary Fastbacks. Hooker and Flotard were Fastbacks fans and Warnick was a Hafacat fan. This bit of trivia turned significant in 2001 when Hafacat called...
Full Bio
Message to Garcia, Visqueen
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings