Interview: Capital Cities on 'Safe and Sound,' Katy Perry and the law of the jungle
What do they do when their mega-hit comes on the radio?


Other than inadvertently scaring small children, Sebu Simonian, one-half of Capital Cities, feels the duo’s career is going pretty well.

He and partner Ryan Merchant certainly can’t complain about lack of radio play. The pair’s breakthrough hit, “Safe and Sound” has been all over the radio this past year, topping Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, and crossing over to the Top 5 of the Pop, Hot AC, Triple A and Modern Rock charts. The global hit has sold more than 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Not bad for a song the duo recorded in 2011 that took its time catching on with the public.

When Simonian hears the optimistic (despite the odds) song on the radio, “I grin and I’m always grateful when I hear it. It makes me realize the song is still relevant and I also hope that most people aren’t getting sick of it… I guess the good news is that even I’m not sick of it yet. I guess that says something.”

The act returns tomorrow (March 11) with a deluxe edition of “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery,” which contains two new songs —new single “One Minute More” and a reinvention of the Prince-penned, Sinead O’Connor smash, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

The decision to release a deluxe version nine months after the original “In A Tidal Wave of Mystery” came out belonged to the label, but Simonian says he and Merchant got on board: “We had some extra tracks that we really felt needed to be released and instead of doing a separate EP for that collection, we decided it to bundle with the album.”

The shimmery, irresistible “One Minute More” is one such track. Simonian and Merchant felt it fit in with the album, but the song wasn’t completed by the time “Tidal Wave” was ready to go. “Every song has its own life and some songs take a really long time to get it right,” he says. “One of our strengths is stepping back and looking at our songs and realizing they’re not as good as they could be. We don’t like to release things prematurely. We revisited it and realized it needed to be a little bit faster. We wanted to get it right.”

For fans who are already familiar with the band, Simonian says he’s excited to give them new music to listen to and for new fans, “it’s a nice kind of book end to the album. It doesn’t take the album to a completely new place; it stays true to the overall cohesiveness of the debut.”