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Seattle, Washington, United States | MAJOR | AFTRA

Seattle, Washington, United States | MAJOR | AFTRA
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"Seattle Weekly"

Not only the best local debut of 2007, it might be the best local release, period, of 2007... a gorgeous milieu of Sigur Rós, Radiohead, and, strangely, George Michael. The album’s production is almost impossibly adroit for an outfit so young. And this is, most definitely, an album of wall-to-wall cohesiveness. - Seattle Weekly

"Smother Magazine Review"

As appealing as any band could hope to be... one of the best pop albums this year. - Smother Magazine

"Metro Spirit Review"

Barcelona produces a project that is beautiful. - Metro Spirit

"Boston Globe Review"

Barcelona has created music that catches your breathe and imagination... gives you a sense of magic. Barcelona has captured fleeting emotions and indescribable feelings and put them into the slightly more tangible forms of music and lyrics. - Boston Globe

"Seattle P-I Ear Candy"

A record that represents all the things that are right about the current Seattle indie scene... Simply put, Barcelona is an under the radar gem you need to hear. - Seattle P-I

"A&R Worldwide Artist of the Week :: June 26-July3"

Seattle, WA quartet Barcelona have been an A&R Worldwide favorite for quite some time. The four–piece has been crafting infectious alt–pop songs, which will appeal to fans of acts such as Radiohead, Coldplayand Keane. Infact, the group just returned back to Seattle this past weekend after hosting a number of showcases for East Coast major labels. The band’s anthemic songs have garnered them local support on KNDD and KEXP Seattle; they have also turned the ears of influential film/TV music supervisors in Los Angeles. Barcelona has had over 70,000 plays on its MySpace page and almost 50,000 page views. -

"Barcelona in Denver's Westword"

November 15, 2007
Barcelona, Absolutes (Self-released). As further proof that major labels have outlived their usefulness, Seattle's Barcelona presents a shimmering, singable, self-released debut of arena-ready, piano-driven orchestral pop. Brian Fennell sets his beautifully sensitive songs in luxuriant arrangements that are sure to dapple the MySpace pages of teenage girls everywhere. — Eryc Eyl - Westword (Denver)


"Absolutes" LP



With “ABSOLUTES,” Barcelona have crafted a vibrant collection of stadium-sized anthems and reflective ballads, unified by soaring melodies, lush arrangements, and singer/keyboardist Brian Fennell’s persuasively personal lyricism. Intricately orchestrated songs like “Stars” and “It’s About Time” are animated by a dramatic sonic scope, with Fennell’s remarkable vocals conveying an ardent yearning for emotional release. Such exuberant and evocative music invites a powerful kinship between the band and its audience, a bond which only serves to stir the Seattle-based trio’s creative spirit.

“To have people – I don’t know who they are and they don’t really know who I am – feel some strong connection to the words I’ve written,” says Fennell, “that’s one of the most magical things about what we do.”

Fennell played piano and guitar in a few teenage bands before attending Seattle Pacific University and embarking on his own self-described “solo guy” career. Inspired by such singer/songwriters as Teitur and Brett Dennen, he soon became a popular fixture on Seattle’s musically fertile coffeehouse scene. In 2005, Fennell recorded a solo album, “SAFETY SONGS,” accompanied in the studio by his best friend, producer/musician Brian Eichelberger. Upon the album’s release, the solo guy asked Eichelberger and fellow Seattle Pacific University students Chris Bristol (guitar/vocals) and Rhett Stonelake (drums) to join him for gigs.

“We very quickly realized that it was going to be something more than a backing band,” Bristol says. “We all came to the idea that if we were gonna do it as a band, we were gonna do it as a band. It might’ve started out as a singer/songwriter thing, but Barcelona really hit the ground running as a group.”

Dubbing themselves Barcelona, the band began playing in and around Seattle. Influenced by independent-minded combos such as Lovedrug and Copeland, as well as the more esoteric sounds of artists like Sigur Rós and Rufus Wainwright, the fledgling group fashioned a dynamic widescreen sound which elevated the intimate power of Fennell’s songwriting.

Barcelona swiftly found themselves the object of major label attention, but just as they were poised to sign on the dotted line, the proposed deal fell though. What initially seemed a crisis proved an opportunity which sparked the band’s ambitious energy. Barcelona took the bull by the horns and began touring on a regular basis, travelling up and down the west coast. Before long, they had developed a fervent fan following from Seattle to San Diego.

“It was all kinda do-it-yourself,” Fennell says, “which was something we prided ourselves on.”

“Looking back on it,” Bristol says, “that deal falling through was one of the best things that have happened to us as a band. It forced us to explore the world as an indie band and you learn a lot doing it on your own. The amount of knowledge that we’ve gained from those experiences is priceless.”

With a publishing deal providing the capital, Barcelona set to work creating their debut album. The band spent much of 2006 recording in studios all over Seattle, co-producing alongside Eichelberger (who also guided the towering string arrangements). Melding newer material with a re-recorded trio of “SAFETY SONGS” (including “Response,” “Numb,” and “Colors”), the resulting “ABSOLUTES” expertly captured the breadth of the band’s musical ambition.

“It ended up a combination of songs I’d written before Barcelona,” Fennell says, “and new songs we wrote as a band. Somehow we were lucky enough to have that be cohesive. These songs written over this span of time and transition led to what we felt was a strong full-length record of songs that made sense together.”

Released in August 2007 on the band’s own NBD Music, “ABSOLUTES” received rave reviews from coast to coast. “Barcelona has captured fleeting emotions and indescribable feelings,” opined the Boston Globe, “and put them into the slightly more tangible forms of music and lyrics.” “Not only the best local debut of 2007,” declared Seattle Weekly, “it might be the best local release, period, of 2007.”

Eichelberger left the line-up in late 2007, opting to focus on his burgeoning career as producer and engineer. Carrying on as a trio, Barcelona spent much of the next year honing its sound by criss-crossing the continent on three national tours, including treks with Low vs. Diamond and Sherwood. By December 2008, the band was ready to further explore its possibilities by signing with Universal Motown.

“As time goes on,” Bristol says, “you realize that you can only do so much. We were just ready. Having other people behind us, we can achieve much more.”

Believing that “ABSOLUTES” has not yet reached its fullest potential audience, the band decided to reissue their debut, amended with a number of recent songs, recorded in January 2009 at Death Cab For Cutie drummer Jason McGerr’s Two Sticks Audio. The new material – which in