Capital Cities Bio
Former jingle writers Capital Cities transferred their ability to write an infectious tune to the pop world with an addictive blend of new wave, electro and indie-disco that produced a worldwide hit in the shape of “Safe and Sound.” Vocalists/musicians Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian first met through a Craiglist ad and after three years of composing music for various commercials and advertising campaigns together, decided to make the leap to becoming recording artists with a 2011 self-titled E.P. recorded under the guise of Capital Cities. The four-track collection made little impression in their homeland, but its opening track, “Safe and Sound,” began to attract attention on South American radio, prompting the duo to release Capital Cities tickets for a tour of the continent. Impressed with the number of people who bought Capital Cities tickets, Capitol Records signed the pair a year later, and with the help of an MTV VMA-winning promo which saw them pay homage to 100 years of dance culture, the track eventually reached No.8 on the US Hot 100. Fans hoping to buy Capital Cities tickets got to see them in action when they supported Asher Roth and Jane’s Addiction. But it wasn’t until they released their 2013 debut album, A Tidal Wave of Mystery, that Capital Cities tickets went on sale for the band’s first headlining tour, Dancing with Strangers, in which they added bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, guitarist Nick Merwin, and drummer Channing Holmes to their line-up. Featuring a collaboration with Outkast’s Andre 3000, their first LP peaked at No.66 on the Billboard 200 and spawned several further singles including “I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo” and “One Minute More.” The band went onto play a sell-out show at their hometown’s El Rey Theater in which all the proceeds from Capital Cities tickets went to the MusiCares charity, and release the Kangaroo Court E.P. in late 2013, before picking up a Grammy nomination for Best Video. In 2014, the duo released Capital Cities tickets for a tour which also included festival sets at the likes of Coachella, Bonnaroo and all three South American legs of Lollapalooza. Fans who missed out on Capital Cities tickets also had the chance to see them support labelmate Katy Perry on 19 dates of her Prismatic World tour. With their breakthrough hit still dominating the airwaves, the pair then released Capital Cities tickets for a North American fall tour.