Stay Homas, the Barcelona group serenading a world under lockdown
Roommates Klaus Stroink, Guillem Boltó and Rai Benet release "confination"-related songs every few days
Being forced to live almost exclusively indoors these days hasn't deterred Barcelona-based musicians Klaus Stroink, Guillem Boltó, and Rai Benet from delighting the world with their original lockdown-inspired tunes every few days, performed from their Eixample rooftop.
DEL CONFINEO 🔫 Confineo IIIhttps://t.co/cX1vOEGg4D— STAY HOMAS (@stayhomas) March 22, 2020
"I thought 'corona' was a beer, I thought the 'corona' (crown) was for the princess…" The combination of witty lyrics – sung in English, Spanish, Catalan and even a dash of Portuguese – and resilient humor during these trying times has made the Stay Homas an instant sensation, receiving praise from all corners of the globe for their "confination" songs.
Even famed Canadian musician Michael Bublé tweeted one of their videos on March 22: "I don't know who they are but it put a smile on my face."
A friend from Argentina sent this to me. I don’t know who they are but it put a smile on my face and I hope it does the same for you! If you know who this is, please let me know in the replies! pic.twitter.com/CFDEBuFvy0— Michael Bublé (@MichaelBuble) March 22, 2020
Reading the comments on their Instagram page, as well as their Twitter account or YouTube channel, one would only be able to conclude that the three have had a similar effect on the legions of fans who have been happily bobbing their heads to the beat from behind their screens.
The musical trio, which sometimes features recorded solo collaborations by other artists like Macaco, Judit Neddermann or María José Llergo, has been picked up by the international press, with pieces on them in CNN, The New Yorker or NPR, and has also been featured on Catalan comedian Andreu Buenafuente's 'Late Motiv' show.
With Barcelona on lockdown, three roommates formed a band. Their catchy tunes about staying home have earned the Stay Homas more than 200,000 Instagram followers https://t.co/0VeMyTmPjc pic.twitter.com/4Y6Wdc8Nvm— CNN International (@cnni) April 3, 2020
While their success has gone through the roof over the past few weeks, the 20-something-year-old roommates aren't entirely new to the Catalan music scene either: Stroink and Benet play the trumpet and bass, respectively, for Buhos and Boltó the trombone for Doctor Prats.
That said, with a staggering 307K Instagram followers, 19.5K Twitter followers, and 52.2K subscribers to their YouTube channel, Stay Homas already has more admirers than their other two bands.
Apolo, the legendary Barcelona concert hall referenced in 'Confination Song XIV', has already booked them for July 31 – pandemic permitting – but fans who haven't been able to get their hands on a ticket will be disappointed to hear their concert sold out in under 20 minutes, an impressive feat for a group who is yet to perform before a live audience.