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Capital Cities, Fitz and the Tantrums to play in Stephens Auditorium
Posted: Thursday, November
14, 2013 12:00 am
Pop groups Capital Cities
and Fitz and The Tantrums will be performing on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at
Iowa State’s Stephens Auditorium as part of their Bright Futures
Capital Cities is a Los Angeles-based
indie pop duo that began as a Craigslist posting in 2008. Sebu Simonian
advertised his skills in musical production, Ryan Merchant responded
and the duet began writing jingles for commercials together. In 2011,
they released their self-titled EP and started getting exposure in the
“We describe it as
funky electronic music mixed with rock and alternative,” Merchant
The band is well known for
its inclusion of a trumpet, giving the brand of cheery pop a further
“Some of our influences
are Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Jeff Buckley," Merchant
The band has been gaining
mainstream awareness with the release of its first album “In a
Tidal Wave of Mystery” in June of this year. The album’s
lead single, “Safe and Sound,” went platinum in August.
“['In a Tidal Wave
of Mystery'] is an eclectic mix of songs, each telling a unique story,”
Merchant said. “The reception has been very positive; people like
it a lot.”
Fitz and the Tantrums is
an indie pop sextet also from Los Angeles. The band has released two
albums since 2008 and has performed on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan, Jay Leno
and CBS This Morning.
“It’s kind of a pop sound with references from everything [from] soul music to '80s electro and New Age," said saxophonist James King.
"We give it our own
little spin based on saxophone, and some more sounds that are more current."
Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick
formed the band in 2008 after he purchased a Conn Electric Organ. Soon
afterward he wrote “Breakin’ the Chains of Love” in
five minutes, one of The Tantrums most popular songs.
had just gotten out of a breakup and was writing some songs to heal
himself, to correct himself after that experience,” King said.
“When he was writing, he called me up. He said we were sounding
great, why don’t we put a band together, so I said sure.”
“We played our first
song to about 94 people," King said. “It was kind of slapped
together; at that time we didn’t know if we had five or six songs
ready to perform. We just jumped in there and did it, and it felt good
from the first note.”
The two prominent bands of
the Los Angeles pop scene have joined up for The Bright Futures Tour,
which started in October.
to see a very high energy show," Merchant said. "You’ll
see a lot more than a couple of guys standing on a stage.”
The show is an event presented by the Student Union Board. Rock Band Beat Club will be opening for the performance. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Auditorium Ticket Office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can buy tickets online at Ticketmaster or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for students and $35 for the public.