Interview with Capital Cities: 'Kangaroo Court'
By Markos Papadatos
Musical duo Capital Cities
is comprised of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. They are signed to
Capitol Records which is home to such artists as Katy Perry, Sick Puppies
and Midnight Red.
Their single “Safe
and Sound” has reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts
and it has sold over one million digital downloads.
On September 5, the duo released
their music video for “Kangaroo Court,” whose concept was
an extension of the story in song’s lyrics. “We follow a
Zebra into the dark part of town where he is not accepted. He returns
disguised as a mustang, but when it is revealed that he is an impostor,
he is tried in court and found guilty. We have poodles, kangaroos and
woolly mammoths in this dark-noir party video,” Simonian stated.
The video features cameos
from such actors as Darren Criss from “Glee” and Shannon
Woodward from “Raising Hope,” both of which happen to be
fans of Capital Cities. “Their involvement felt natural and genuine.
They are both amazing actors and their performances in the video really
shine,” he said.
Capital Cities is expected
to perform on “Ellen” and they will co-headline the “Bright
Futures” tour in October. “We love Ellen and are honored
to be a part of that show. The ‘Bright Futures’ tour is
a co-headlining gig with the amazing Fitz and The Tantrums. We expect
every night to be a joyous celebration of fun with danceable, yet thought-provoking
music,” Simonian said.
One of those tour stops will
be at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on October 23. “The show
will involve lots of singing, dancing and sweating,” he shared.
Simonian subsequently added
that playing in New York is dear to their hearts since it is a city
that has supported them from the very start, when they used to play
at a smaller venue called Pianos on the Lower East Side section of Manhattan.
Capital Cities’ music
video for “Safe and Sound” earned them two MTV Video Music
Award (VMA) nominations for “Best Art Direction” and “Best
Visual Effects,” and their video garnered a win in the latter
category at this year’s ceremony that was held on August 25 at
the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. “It felt great to see
the director of the video, Grady Hall, and his team at Motion Theory
get the credit they deserve,” he acknowledged.
The duo has no plans to slow
down anytime soon and Simonian revealed that their future is expected
to be bright with more touring and more music videos in the works.
Staying connected with their
fans in any way possible is of utmost importance to Capital Cities.
“We read every message and comment that our fans send us via social
media, and try to respond to them. We post pictures online from our
experiences on the road and interactions with fans. We are very grateful
for all the positive words they send our way,” he said appreciatively.
For the Capital Cities fans,
Simonian concluded, “Half of 1000 is 500” and he paid tribute
to the memory of his grandfather by stating “R.I.P. Grandpa Sarkis.”
For more information on Capital Cities, visit their official website.