Barcelona is a band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 2006. On December 18, 2008, the band announced that they had been signed to the major label Universal Records. The band’s songs are harmonious and piano-based with elements of rock. Formed in 2005, the band cites U2, Coldplay, Copeland, Death Cab for Cutie and Lovedrug as its influences. Barcelona released a debut album, Absolutes, in September 2007, which was distributed through Curb Appeal Records. Originally working with A&R, the band decided to create its own label, NBD Music, in order to be able to focus on songwriting. Barcelona has also signed a co-publishing deal with Warner Chappell Publishing to aid in the album’s distribution.
Two years prior to the formation of the band, Brian was involved a solo project. He recorded Safety Songs and then employed his musically-inclined friends to accompany him on a tour to support the debut album. After working with his fellow muscians, Brian came to realize that he worked better as a quartet. They decided to stay assembled as a music ensemble and called themselves Barcelona. Fennell described the band’s sound when he stated that, “[w]e classify our music style as piano rock.”
Touring began in late 2005 upon the formation of the band. Brian Fennell, Chris Bristol and Rhett Stonelake attended Seattle Pacific University. Bristol and Stonelake were still seniors when the band began performing gigs. Most of the band’s earlier shows were on the West Coast, which has been attributed to its success in becoming a familiar name amongst music listeners.
The band was featured on MySpace on August 15, 2007, which caught the attention of an A&R representative who helped initiate a promotional deal with MySpace Records and MySpace.com. The band made a television appearance on Good Day Sacramento on August 8, 2007 to promote the upcoming debut album, Absolutes, and play a sample set. Barcelona released Absolutes, on September 25, 2007, which received favorable reviews, especially from hometown critics.
Barcelona performed at Bumbershoot 2008 in Seattle.
On December 18, 2008 Universal Records announced that they had signed Barcelona to their label. The label plans for an April 2009 remastered release of Absolutes including additional tracks. Absolutes is being self produced by Barcelona and Brian Eichelberger. Michael H. Brauer, two-time Grammy winner for his work with Coldplay and John Mayer, will be mixing the album.
The song “Falling out of Trees” from their album “Absolutes” played on the promo of the favorite TV series “Grey’s Anatomy”s season 5 finale episodes.