((I'm From Barcelona)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

I like I'm From Barcelona, but I can definitely see how one could find this impossibly sweet and sunny Swedish band slightly nauseating. I mean, they do have an entire song devoted to building a treehouse and another one about the chicken pox . And they do have 29 (29?!) happy and homogeneously attractive group members that makes one wonder if this is a band or perhaps some strange cult... at least they don't wear white robes. Not only that, but many of the chosen 29 play kazoos!

But, what can I say, I still like them. Never one for twee, for some reason I'm From Barcelona gets a goofy pass even though they are undeniably cheesy. But it's nostalgic cheese. Their uplifting music, that constantly reassures the listener that "everything will be ok," reminds me of being young, when I didn't even know what the word cynical meant ("Is that, like, a bike part?"). Just know what I'm From Barcelona is all about before you go into it. Otherwise, caught unawares, you might scrunch up your nose at them.
Published May 16, 2007



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