| Capital Cities @ Venue – May 28th 2013
May 31, 2013 by Tasha Dee
Capital Cities is my new favourite band.
First of all, let me say that going to a concert after a crazy day at
work was the last thing I wanted to do Tuesday night. In fact, my anger
was increasingly fuelled by the discovery that the friend who’d
convinced me to go to the show for a band who I didn’t even really
know suddenly couldn’t go, which left me solo. The night started
out with a very annoyed me.
Due to my intense annoyance at the world, I’d planned to arrive
late enough so as to catch the band just as they were about to hit the
stage. My annoyance was kicked up a notch when I arrived to find that
the openers were still playing. I looked at my watch: “9:45?!
Facebook told me that Capital Cities should be on now! I should go home!
Where’s my beer?!” Sigh. The crowd was thick with people,
so I made my way upstairs to escape them, and to find booze and a hole
to hide in.
Seriously, I was not happy to be there. I even have written in my notes
“No one to chat with. I don’t even KNOW this band. I don’t
even care. WHY IS THIS CHICK TOUCHING MY ARM?!” Yea. My inner
whiny was in full force.
After 30-ish minutes of waiting, 5 guys in black bowling jackets with
“Capital Cities” emblazoned on the back and tight skinny
black jeans hit the stage. I suddenly felt like I was in a John Hughes’
film: it felt like 1985 and these guys were the background music to
whatever shenanigans were about to take place. All we needed was Molly
Ringwald. And I don’t say that out of crankiness – when
these guys came out and started to play, I was thrust into the ‘80s
because that’s exactly what their electro-rock sound feels like.
Their music is the perfect mix of every song I loved as a kid, but with
a modern twist and a live freakin’ trumpet player! It was like
a magical cure for all my cranky.
My cranky self wanted to hate them, but I just couldn’t. Their
music is fun, and their energy alone could make a concert-hater soften.
They even threw in a few cover songs including Madonna’s “Holiday”,
Sinead O’Connor’s (and Prince’s, I guess) “Nothing
Compares 2 U”, and the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive”.
I was in heaven. The two lead singers were in total synch when they
sang, when they taught the entire crowd how to do the “Capital
Cities Shuffle”, and especially when they busted out the running
man. The energy this band brings to a show is infectious and everyone
On Tuesday night, those of us in the crowd didn’t just go to a
concert; we all went to a Capital Cities dance party and it was the
best time ever. How is this band not bigger? Every other review I’ve
read about them has been nothing short of amazing. And for the first
time in ever for me, there was no encore – and that’s because,
as their last song faded out, a remix of their hit “Safe and Sound”
began to play and these guys made their way into the crowd to dance
with us and exclaimed, “This is our favourite part of a show!
Dancing with all of you!”
I wanted to hug them all while we danced in a big love circle.
Seriously, Capital Cities is one of the best bands I’ve ever seen
live. I don’t care where you live. If you hear that these guys
are playing, you shut up and go. And bring your dancing pants, because
you will need them.