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Capital Cities At Austin City Limits Festival 2014

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While at Austin City Limits Festival, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities sat down with GRAMMY Pro to discuss the duo’s craigslist beginnings, how they transition the electronic elements of their music to live instrumentation on stage, and why audiences are at ease when watching them perform.

“We also incorporate some fun dance choreography into our set, which I think kind of puts people at ease. They see us perform and they realize that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, so they’re able to loosen up when they see us,” shared Merchant.

Capital Cities is fronted by Merchant and Simonian, who compose professionally under the moniker Lazy Hooks. The duo released the digital singles "Safe And Sound," "Patience Got Us Nowhere Fast" and "I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo" among several others, which were compiled on a self-released EP. The band signed with Capitol Records in 2012 and the EP was subsequently re-released. When performing live, Capital Cities feature trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, guitarist Nick Merwin and bassist Manuel Quintero. Their full-length debut album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, was released in June 2013 and reached No. 66 on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the album, “Safe And Sound” reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Capital Cities is currently on tour, with stops in the U.S. and South America scheduled through December.