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May 29, 2013 at 4:41 am


Capital Cities Plays Gothic Theatre Show: Review and Photos

Posted by Taylor Blatchford


Capital Cities only has five released songs, one of which gets any radio or popular attention. But you wouldn’t know it by the band’s show on Friday, May 24 at Denver’s Gothic Theatre, that delivered an hour and a half of upbeat electronic pop music to an energetic audience.

After opening bands DWNTWN and Gold Fields warmed up the gradually filling crowd, Capital Cities took the stage to an eagerly waiting sold-out audience, opening with a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Singers Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian were backed by a band wearing matching black jackets with the band’s name on the back.

Trumpet player Spencer Ludwig brought an unmatched level of energy and enthusiasm to the show, soloing at parts of nearly every song and drawing huge cheers from the audience. At the end in the show, he and Simonian both crowd surfed on the floor crowd of the Gothic Theatre.

The show unsurprisingly closed with “Safe and Sound,” the band’s only radio hit to date. The extended version that also served as the encore included amped-up dancing by the audience and crowd surfing, and served as a climactic finish to a satisfying show.

This Gothic Theatre show was the last of the band’s four Colorado tour dates ahead of its debut album, “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery,” which will be released on June 4. With the recognition “Safe and Sound” is getting on indie rock radio, watch for this band to continue to grow in popularity in the future.