I'm from Barcelona

With their optimistic sing along anthems and their massive line up, I’m from Barcelona has proved that, sometimes, less is not more.

The story begins in the summer of 2005 when Emanuel Lundgren decided to record some newly written pop songs on his vacation. He gathered all his friends in the city of Jönköping and before he knew it he had formed the biggest band in Sweden.

One live show led to another and by early spring of 2006 the band signed to EMI and the EP ”Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams, Buddy!” was released, soon followed by the full-length album ”Let Me Introduce My Friends”. The song ”We’re From Barcelona” became an instant hit and was one of the most played songs on Swedish public radio. The video, directed by Andreas Nilsson (The Knife, José Gonzales, Yeasayer), is a YouTube success. The band was rewarded ”Best newcomer” by the listeners of Swedish radio (P3 Guld) and nominated for a Swedish grammy the same year. They soon started touring all over the world.

The band is famous for their explosive birthday-like live shows, playing festivals such as Lollapalooza, Coachella, Roskilde and Eurockéennes. They do full-house gigs in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and San Fransisco at venues such as La Cigale, Bataclan, Koko, McCarren Pool and El Rey. The band’s recordings has been feautured in many TV shows such as “How I Met Your Mother”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Yo Gabba Gabba”.

On the second album ”Who killed Harry Houdini?” (2008) streaks of melancholy was fused with the trademark I’m from Barcelona sound. In 2010 the dream of ”27 Songs from Barcelona” came true. It’s a collection of one solo song from each member of I’m from Barcelona, released as a triple-vinyl.

Johan Aineland

Instrument: Accordion, mandolin

Martin Alfredsson

Instrument: Synthesizers, glockenspiel

Favourite song: Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush

Favourite hobby: In the loving arms of technology, behind screens or under strobe lights.

Favourite video game designer: Shigeru Miyamoto

Mathias Alriksson

Instrument: Vocals

Marcus Carlholt

Instrument: Vocals, costumes

Favourite song: Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

Favourite hobby: Watch documentaries

Favourite cyclists: Fausto Coppi, Roger De Vlaeminck, Carlos Sastre

Philip Erixon

Instrument: Percussion, vocals

Favourite song: Run To The Hills – Iron Maiden

Favourite hobby: to rebuild his house

Favourite wife: Emelie

Anna Fröderberg

Instrument: Vocals

Favourite song: Torn Blue Foam Couch – Grand Archives

Favourite hobby: to write little stories and sew big trousers

Favourite spot: roof

Olof Gardestrand

Instrument: Drums

Favourite song: Always – Selfmindead

Favourite hobby: Rhythm Collapse

Favourite youtube clip:

Tina Gardestrand

Instrument: Vocals, piano

Tobias Granstrand

Instrument: Guitar

Mattias Johansson

Instrument: Saxophone

Favourite song: Chicago – Sufjan Stevens

Favourite hobby: to turn water into wine

Favourite dance: the Tie Dance

Jakob Jonsson

Instrument: Trumpet

Fredrik Karp

Instrument: Saxophone

Micke Larsson

Instrument: Vocals

Favourite song: Starálfur – Sigur rós

Favourite hobby: to move things

Favourite horse: the brown ones

Daniel Lindlöf

Instrument: Guitar, banjo

Favourite song: Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

Favourite hobby: Squash

Favourite country: France

David Ljung

Instrument: Trumpet

Favourite song: Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – Radiohead

Favourite hobby: Hammering

Favourite energy: The sun

Rikard Ljung

Instrument: Flute

Favourite song: The Whole of the moon – Waterboys

Favourite hobby: Quotation marks

Favourite name: Janrl

Emanuel Lundgren

Instrument: Lead vocals, guitar etc

Favourite song: Always On My Mind – Elvis, Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys

Favourite hobby: TV

Favourite walking style: Fast

Johan Mårtensson

Instrument: Vocals

Favourite song: Ewan – The Radio Dept.

Favourite hobby: RSS-feeds

Favourite sleeping area: The lounge in the tour bus

Cornelia Norgren

Instrument: Vocals

Favourite song: Hold On – Tom Waits

Favourite hobby: Making up inventions

Favourite computer program: Traktor 3

Christofer Olofsson

Instrument: Piano

Favourite song: Where The Streets Have No Name – U2

Favourite hobby: to make playlists in Itunes

Favourite Seinfeld episode: The Maid

Henrik Olofsson

Instrument: Bass

Favourite song: Poor Ellen Smith – Laura Cantrell

Favourite hobby: Second to music, Fishing!

Favourite team: Timrå IK

David Ottosson

Instrument: Saxophone

Favourite song: Joining You – Alanis Morissette

Favourite hobby: Discovering the world once again

Favourite vegetable: artichoke

Erik Ottosson

Instrument: Tuba

Jacob Sollenberg

Instrument: Clarinet

Favourite song: A Day In The Life – the Beatles

Favourite hobby: Exercise

Favourite language: Swedish

Jonas Tjäder

Instrument: Vocals

Favourite song: Forever – Beach boys

Favourite hobby: Architecture

Favourite buildings in Amsterdam:

1. The new library

2. The terrace houses in Borneo

3. Silodam

Julie Witwicki Carlsson

Instrument: Vocals

Favourite song: Never Ending Story – Limahl

Favourite hobby: Experience nature

Favourite wine: Ecologica Shiraz

Emma Öhnell

Instrument: Vocals

Favourite song: No Cars Go – Arcade Fire

Favourite hobby: pyssla

Favourite Favourite: The little kickboxer in her belly

Frida Öhnell

Instrument: Vocals

Favourite song: Life of Mammals – Valley Days

Favourite hobby: to watch Youtube clips, like old Trance Dance videos and Shreds, together with Emanuel

Favourite destinations: New York and the island Ven

Johan Viking

Instrument: ?

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