Ten years after Rachel Flotard and Ben Hooker formed one of Seattle's finest rock-and-roll bands, Visqueen, they're going on hiatus. Their Thanksgiving Fare-Thee-Well concert, on Saturday, November 26 at the Neptune, will feature a mélange of songs from their three critically acclaimed albums. Flotard's lately been playing with Rusty Willoughby as Cobirds Unite, but what's the full reason behind Visqueen's end? Here it is, in Flotard's own words:
Ben and I have been playing music together for probably 13 years. He's my dude. Last year I had to tour without him (raising young families and touring sometimes do not coincide). You know what? It WASN'T FUNNY! I mean, the band played great and we rocked it, but for me, personally, it was not the same. Visqueen is about the two of us and our jokes and riding around in the van.
While in this stage of family and art and economics and music intertwined, we decided to put down what we were doing to better appreciate it and try something different. We have always taken risks together and this is the same thing. Right now I can't really tell you how big the changes in our camp are, but let's just say they're multiplying. All of us love being part of this band, and the best way to move forward artistically and lovingly was to let it go for a while. Make no mistake, this does not mean the end of music for ANY us.
I hope to be a very gray old lady making a rock and roll fool of myself and my children for years to come. Cristina [Bautista, Visqueen's bassist] has an amazing solo EP out. Ben and I continue to play together during out free time. It's about that! We made three records and dozens of songs that we're really proud of. They've taken us further than we could have ever imagined.