What Makes Capital Cities Nervous? (Hint: It's Not Opening For Katy Perry!)
Vivian Tang

Apr 28, 2014 2:17PM

We felt safe and sound chatting it up with these guys.

We went backstage to chat with festival veterans Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities during weekend two of Coachella to talk about their debut Coachella performance and their hit song "Safe and Sound." Check out the 5 things you should know about these guys.

5: These Los Angeles natives have played just about every festival in the country, but this was their Coachella debut. "It feels great!" Sebu said. "It's basically hometown, Southern California. But of course kids from all over the country and world come to this very popular and important festival. It's one that we attended many times and we finally have a chance to play on stage."

4: How does Coachella differentiate from the other festivals? "In a lot of ways it's very similar, but there's just this air about Coachella that has this very intense vibe cause it's close to Los Angeles," Ryan told us. "I think sometimes it makes it a slightly nerve wrecking event--though at the end of the day it's just a bunch of people that love listening to music."

3: Of course we had to ask about the single that put these guys on the map, "Safe and Sound." "It's the first and only hit song that Ryan and I have had the pleasure of experiencing," Sebu told us. "It's new to us. We're always optimistic and hope for the best, but we're just riding this crazy wave."

2: And that crazy wave is about to bring them on tour with Katy Perry. "Without really having met her, we felt like we had some type of connection with her. Lots of mutual friends and we do appreciate her kind of quirky sensibility with her melodies and lyrics. I think she's a genuine artist and we're really excited about touring with her."

1: Their debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, just released last year, but can we expect a sophomore album soon? "It'll happen eventually," Ryan said. "The rest of the year is pretty booked up with travel so it's going to be hard to find the proper time to do it until 2015 I would say."

Capital Cities will join Katy's Prismatic World Tour starting June 22.