Bumbershoot Music Lounge: Interview with Rachel Flotard of Visqueen

photo by Jim Bennett

Rachel Flotard and Visqueen gave an intimate and unforgettable performance live from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge on Saturday. They played songs from their recent album Message To Garcia, all of which sounded great as usual, but it was Flotard’s playful interactions with the crowd and infectious personality that made the show memorable. We caught up with her after they played to discuss Bumbershoot, the surprise debut of her video for “Ward,” and getting scissor-kicked by David Lee Roth.

Word on the street is you have a new video premiering tonight.

(whispers) Yes… you’re right… I am. I am super excited because we thought about premiering it about three days ago, but then I was at practice playing the song and I thought “You know what, Sky Church. Best screen. What the hell am I thinking?” And I would call my label to tell them that they should do this, but then I realized that I am my label. So I called myself and I said “Call Bumbershoot and say you want to debut the video at the end of your set.” So I went in and tested it out on Thursday morning and I can’t believe how hilarious it is to see myself smash a car like fifty stories high.

Why are you smashing a car?

I’m in a wrecking yard. In the video my character owns a junk yard and I just work there doing all sorts of odd jobs. And I wear a jumpsuit and slide around some hoods like Duke style.

Do you have a junkyard dog in there?

No, but I do swing a very big wrench and a sledge hammer. So I don’t need the dog.

Who filmed the video?

It was a local director. I put the word out to a few different filmmakers and basically asked Seattle producers and directors if there was a song on our album they would like to shoot. So I have two videos for this album and another one or two in the works simply because I opened it up and asked if people wanted to use it. It’s been this rad collective of people that have hopped onto the label and onto the record.

What song is this video for?

“Ward”. AOL will debut the video next Wednesday and it will be on all your blogs and on YouTube and hopefully it will get one hit, maybe two, who knows?

Last year you premiered a bunch of new material from Message to Garcia at Bumbershoot, this year you are premiering a video, and since you are from Seattle you must have a strong connection to Bumbershoot. Do you have any favorite Bumbershoot moments that stand out in your mind?

David Lee Roth doing a scissor kick, basically in my face at Bumbershoot years prior. He came out in what was a cross between florescent yellow surgical scrubs and a fireman’s outfit. It was like a fireman’s pants with suspenders and no shirt. He scissor kicked my ass.

Do you have a favorite Bumbershoot food?

I don’t know because I have not eaten anything all day. So far I had a really soft bagel and I am about to eat a cold fish taco. I don’t know what I am going to do. I kind of want to go have an elephant ear or something good. What about you?

I’ve always liked the roasted corn.

Do you know that is just about my favorite food? Corn on the cob. I have four ears waiting for me at home. I don’t know how many I can eat at once, probably a lot. I’d say I could get down a good half dozen, or a half bushel.

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One Comment

  1. Lorena Colter
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    So, who was the director? I would imagine at least a credit is due.

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