2014 Interview with Capital Cities
Posted by Katie Flint on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Ryan Merchant of Capital
Cities took a few minutes to talk with The Blue Indian about their second
year at Bonnaroo, their past experience there, and their new found love
for South America.
Blue Indian: I know you guys have been touring, but what are you expecting
out of Roo?
I am expecting another great show, with a lot of dancing people in front
of me. We played bonnaroo last year, but we were on a very small, kinda
weird stage in the middle of the fest. This time around we’re
on a proper stage, which means we’ll do it right.
Blue Indian: What’s with the crazy outfits?
Blue Indian: I think it was a yellow tuxedo?
We have that neon-y suit jacket. That was last year. This year we’re
wearing these matching satin tour jackets. They have “Capital
Cities” and our name embroidered on it. We just want to look cohesive,
and we don’t want to think about our outfits. However for the
next few shows we are going to go a more stylish route.
Blue Indian: Despite Roo’s notoriously hot weather?
We might not have the jackets for Bonnaroo, but we’re going to
stay cohesive anyways. We’re all about looking sharp; look sharp,
Blue Indian: Even with all of the touring, are you guys dropping a new
No, we’re touring all the time. That doesn’t mean we’re
making new music, though!
Blue Indian: What’s your favorite touring spot so far?
We recently did a trip to South America with Lollapalooza Chile, Brazil
and Argentina. It was really eye opening, because we didn’t realize
how big we were. We were touring with Phoenix, Portugal. The Man and
Nine Inch Nails, and just partying in South America. It was magical.
Blue Indian: Have you found a difference in crowds in South America
versus the USA?
Yeah, there’s a country by country differences. It’s just
a personality thing. Latin cultures are just more expressive, they show
their emotions on their sleeves in comparison to say, more subdued audiences.
It’s a scarce source for them, but the US has tours going through
all the time, which gives them lots of choices.