SEBU

 

2020 PRESS & REVIEWS

 

CAPITAL CITIES VOCALIST SEBU READIES
NEW SOLO MATERIAL

NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “HAVE YOU EVER HURT SOMEBODY” FEATURING SIRUSHO AVAILABLE TODAY

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 10, 2020

It has been a busy decade for L.A.-based platinum recording artist SEBU. He put out two critically acclaimed albums on Capitol Records with his band Capital Cities, whose Grammy-nominated electro-pop global smash “Safe and Sound”—initially written as a demo for a cola ad and rejected—topped the charts and received an MTV award. He appeared on Fallon, Kimmel, Letterman, Ellen and Conan, toured five continents, opened for Katy Perry, played the biggest festivals (Coachella x2, Bonnaroo x2, Lollapalooza x4), collaborated with the likes of Brian Wilson, Andre 3000, Rick Ross, Serj Tankian and Sirusho and even performed the national anthem at an MLB game.

Enter 2020 and SEBU is preparing to share his proudest accomplishment with the world. It’s a collection of a dozen songs—deeply personal explorations of a wide range of emotions and musical styles. It is SEBU’s forthcoming debut album, aptly titled Many Faces.

The album will feature a number of previously released tracks including his latest single/video “Have You Ever Hurt Somebody.” The track is available today (Apple Music / Spotify / Google Play / Amazon) and you can find the video here: http://sebu.am/have-you-ever-hurt-somebody

“Have You Ever Hurt Somebody” is a duet with Armenian singer/songstress Sirusho. SEBU co-directed the music video with ACRS. In it SEBU plays a guilt-ridden boyfriend that sings “I would rather fight with you than make love to someone else.” At the dramatic climax, SEBU undergoes an emotional and physical transformation. He shaves off his iconic beard which his Capital Cities fans have come to know him for.

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This is not the first time SEBU and Sirusho have collaborated. SEBU wrote, produced and sang on Sirusho's dual-language dance anthem “Vuy Aman,” which will reappear on SEBU’s album in the form of a new, darker arrangement by THRPST.

A previously released track, “The Secret Is Out” is about a war veteran with PTSD. A heavy beat and massive synths lay the foundation for glistening strings and heart-wrenching vocals. SEBU sings desperately: “I’m in a cloud of smoke, and I’m choking on tears and lies / See the flames inside my mind flare out my eyes.” Then, in a dark whimsical twist, SEBU begs, “Don’t kill me, dance with me, just don’t tell anybody.”

The animated video (http://sebu.am/the-secret-is-out), written by SEBU and directed by Marco Pavone, depicts a female soldier coming home from battle, stuck between two worlds—a thunderstorm and a desert heatwave. She is unable to shake the visions of destruction, but her loved one finally extends a caring hand, and they slow-dance through the fading nightmare.

By the way, the cola company that once rejected a fledgling musician came around and licensed “Safe and Sound” for an ad after all. You can watch the original commercial demo and much much more at his website http://sebu.am.


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Follow Sebu on socials:

Official Website: https://sebu.am/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sebusimonian/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sebusimonian

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebusimonian

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sebu

 

For further info on SEBU please contact Ken Phillips – Kppublicitygroup@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

BEARD PRESS RELEASE

Capital Cities’ Frontman Sebu Shaves Iconic Beard in Haunting New Music Video

https://youtu.be/84Cv7rxS6BU

Have You Ever Hurt Somebody” featuring Sirusho approaching 500,000 views

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29, 2020

Grammy-nominated Capitol Records platinum recording artist and Capital Cities’ frontman Sebu is best known for putting smiles on people’s faces with pop hits like  "Safe and Sound" - and for his luxuriant, Rolling-Stone-approved beard.

In the brand new music video to his latest single “Have You Ever Hurt Somebody” - https://youtu.be/84Cv7rxS6BU - Sebu grabs an electric razor and does the unthinkable. He shaves off his beard and reveals a new side of him, literally and figuratively. We get to see and hear a deeper, darker Sebu.

The video—a mesmerizing short film co-directed by Sebu and ACRS (Wale/Dua Lipa)—is going viral. It co-stars Armenian superstar songstress Sirusho whose rabid fans are happy to see the two singers reunite. Previously, Sebu wrote, produced and sang on Sirusho’s dual-language dance anthem "Vuy Aman" which, by the way, will be re-released—with a hypnotic new arrangement—on Sebu’s forthcoming solo debut album, Many Faces.

A stripped-down live acoustic version of "Have You Ever Hurt Somebody" and a dance remix by Galestian will be released in the coming weeks.

To those who miss the beard, Sebu asks us not to worry: “We shot the video nine months before it came out. The beard is totally back.”

The track is available here (Apple Music / Spotify / Google Play / Amazon)

https://sebu.am/have-you-ever-hurt-somebody

Follow Sebu on socials:

Official Website: https://sebu.am/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sebusimonian/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sebusimonian

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebusimonian

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sebu

 

For further info on Sebu please contact Ken Phillips – Kppublicitygroup@gmail.com


 

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