Visqueen, Sunday 29 

When Visqueen came through town on their last tour, I was blown away. I'd heard them on Amazon.com and really liked their sound, but their live show took the music to another level. Their show last Sunday night at the Neurolux (it was a very musical weekend at the 'Lux) was even better than the last. Opening for them was Polly High and then Lovey which made for a pretty super night.

Polly High, a small girl with short, dark hair was dressed in a black T-shirt, black skirt and knee-high platform boots. Up on stage with just her guitar, she looked so little, but she had such a big sound. Her songs were almost melancholy, her singing soft and her guitar strumming sweet, but serious. Polly High has a CD coming out soon, so she's definitely one to watch for.

Following Polly High, was Lovey. Playing at the headliner's request, it was obvious why Visqueen chose them to open. They opened up with their usual great melodies on top of serious drum beats. They play a back-to-basics kind of rock/punk that I'm happy to hear. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of them around town.

Finally, Visqueen took the stage-and once again, they tore the place up. Rachel Flotard's beautiful voice is perfect over her grinding guitar playing. Bassist Ronnie Barnett must have been born with a bass guitar in his hands and drummer Ben Hooker was totally in the zone. Rachel is as funny and personable as she is talented, and her tales of the road had the packed house laughing. They ended their set with their classic Vaxxine.

The entire night was a musical treat. I'll definitely be on the lookout for Polly High and Lovey here in town, and try to keep up on Visqueen news via myspace.com. Hopefully, when they come back through Boise, the band lineup will be the same. Although it will be tough to recapture the night exactly, I wouldn't mind them trying.

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