Baby band Barcelona (Brian Fennell, Chris Bristol and Rhett Stonelake) is a good example of the changing indie-rock Seattle sound pushing its way into the music scene like a balmy warm front coming off the sea. In support of their self-released debut album, Absolutes, the band is currently on a co-headlining tour with Low vs. Diamond, re-visiting some places and playing for the first time in others. They'll also head out again soon with band Mae.
Singer/songwriter Fennell said he's excited to be out again so soon. "A lot of these new markets we've been hitting lately, we'll be able to visit again in a matter of two or three months," he said. That kind of touring is a treat for fans who have made a connection with the album or the band and won't have to wait a year—or longer—until a new album is released to see Barcelona live again. In talks with a major label, they feel the time is right to head into the studio again. "We did some label shopping way too early," Fennell said "and learned a lot from it, which is why we've been doing everything independently for the last three years. [We're ready to] kick it up to the next level."
It's hard to imagine what that next level might be. Absolutes is a rich, textured CD with not only the indie-requisite guitars and drums but also piano, violin, pump organ and even the glockenspiel. Motes of Coldplay and Mute Math can be glimpsed in music that's well-matched with Fennell's insightful lyrics. The crescendoes of both his voice and the music ebb and flow with equal weight. Hold the CD up to your ear and you can almost hear the ocean.
Sunday, Nov. 30, with Low vs. Diamond, 9 p.m., $8 adv./$10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.