Capital Cities Perform At 98.7-FM Penthouse

Indie-electro band discuss writing music and their upcoming debut album

Los Angeles-based indie-electro band Capital Cities were recently the featured guests at 98.7-FM's Penthouse, an exclusive concert series hosted by Los Angeles-based radio station KYSR-FM at the historic Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, Calif. Before an intimate crowd, Capital Cities performed a set featuring tracks from their latest self-titled EP, including "Safe And Sound" and "I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo," and the title track from their Kangaroo Court EP.

Prior to the performance, Capital Cities participated in an exclusive interview with and discussed writing "Safe And Sound," current creative projects and the message they're communicating to their audience through their music, among other topics.

"I think music is poetry," said Ryan Merchant. "When somebody listens to one of our songs what we hope that they feel is a number of emotions. We like to take the listener on a journey. … Overall, it's pretty optimistic and happy, [but] we'll always try and incorporate dark twists."

Capital Cities are fronted by jingle writers Merchant and Sebu Simonian, who compose professionally under the moniker Lazy Hooks. The duo released several digital singles, "Beginnings" and "One Minute More" in 2010 and 2011, respectively, followed by the four-track EP Kangaroo Court in May 2012. Capital Cities released a self-titled EP in December 2012 featuring five tracks, including "Safe And Sound." The song reached No. 31 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart. When performing live, Capital Cities feature trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, guitarist Nick Merwin and bassist Manuel Quintero. Their full-length debut album is scheduled to be released in June. Capital Cities will perform select dates across the United States in April and May.