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On The Road Guide With Sebu From Capital Cities
Behind the scenes and on the road

Posted by Sarah McLellan in Celeb Status, Flying Tips, Food & Drink, Guides, IL Originals, Music Makers, People on September 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm.

Capital Cities have been rocking out shows across the globe for more than 6 years now, with Ryan Merchant on the vocals, keyboards, guitar and Sebu Simonian hitting the vocals and keys. Originally meeting on Craigslist and writing jungles together, these two composers first had success in South America and then after signing with Capitol Records in 2013, they went on to see their hit song, “Safe and Sound” go multi-Platinum in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Mexico, and others, topping numerous International charts and reach number one on U.S. alternative radio.

The guys are back with their new deluxe album, ‘In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery’ and are about to hit the road again for a slew of Fall tour dates around the U.S. We jumped on the line with Sebu and got into what it’s really like to be out on tour, his tips on exploring new cities on rare days off, favorite venues and places to play in the U.S. and even a few homegrown secrets for their own city – Los Angeles.

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Tour + 'Fly Dates'
Have you guys been busy touring this year? Can you tell us a little about what’s been on the itinerary?

Well we’ve been on the road pretty consistently for about a year and a half almost two years now, and some of it is our own kind of bus tours, either headlining or co-headlining or opening, and a lot of it in between those tours are a bunch of one-off dates “fly dates” as what we call them. Either festivals or private events possibly. So, it’s just been pretty non-stop and exciting and… tiring. It’s obviously a great experience because you get to visit the entire world, places you never expected to visit. In most cases we don’t have time to enjoy the culture of various places but sometimes well get lucky and have the day off and get to explore the city or the location and have a good time.

Live Like A Local
When you do get those occasional days off, what do you do to experience a city like a local?

Well, the obvious answer would be food. We’re a very hungry bunch and we are always looking for the best local spots. We try to avoid chain restaurants, try to get a flavor of the local culture and culinary arts. So, that’s usually the first step to discovering something about the city. And then if there’s more time, we would obviously try walking around a park, or if there’s some kind of common interest that everybody recommends we do, we do that as well.

It's Fashion, Baby
Have there been any stand out cities or places that you’ve visited in the last 6 months?

Yeah you know the first city that came to mind when you ask that was Lisbon, Portugal because we were there during fashion week coincidently, and Fashion’s Night Out. Lisbon’s one of a handful of cities around the world that’s participating in this whole fashion week thing with New York and Paris and London and Milan being the others, Lisbon’s one of them and it’s a big deal. The entire twenty city blocks, cobblestone blocks were covered with thousands of young fashion hipsters and it was really cool to be a part of that scene. There were a lot of cool shops, restaurants and cafes giving away drinks, so it was an exciting thing to be a part of.

3am Border Crossings + The Canine Unit
What’s the most difficult or tedious part of traveling as a band on the road?

Nothing too extreme it’s always, not difficult, but stressful crossing borders especially on a bus filled with musicians and kind of you know, potential targets for law enforcement agencies. It’s always difficult when they make you stop and you have to get out at three in the morning, you’re really tired and they bring you into the office and make you wait in line while they check the bus. There are canine dogs sometimes, which can be a little intimidating, but luckily we haven’t had any real trouble.