Cities cause ground-shaking frenzy in Quezon City mall
By Niña Sandejas | omg! Philippines News Blog – Tue, Jan
21, 2014 2:27 PM PHT
Who would have thought that
answering a Craigslist ad to make jingles for commercials would be the
beginnings of electro pop super duo Capital Cities?
Ryan Merchant and Sebu Semonian met in 2008, wrote songs for companies
like Hallmark and Honda and shifted their talent in making catchy music
for themselves a few years later.
Their lead single “Safe and Sound,” which was part of their
self-titled EP, grew steadily yet massively. They promoted it on the
web, released it digitally until it randomly became a hit song in Peru.
The ground shook at Trinoma
The song has resonated with audiences worldwide that it’s been
re-released on their debut studio album “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery”
under Capitol Records. The song’s music video won an MTV video
award for Best Visual Effects and is nominated in the 2014 Grammy Awards
for Best Music Video Category.
On January 12, Capital Cities
performed in front of a multitude of crazy fans who danced along to
the band and jumped up and down uncontrollably—literally shaking
the ground of the vast activity center of Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.
The venue was packed, from young fans who squeezed themselves in the
front row barricades, to those who simply watched from the sides, to
onlookers who peered down from upper floors.
The art of getting people
Capital Cities’ Ryan Merchant and Sebu Semonian’s pairing
is a golden one.
Because of their ability to make catchy songs through the years, they
have mastered the art of how to get people hooked on their music.
Last year, they released the single “One More Minute,” a
song included in “Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall,” a compilation
album inspired by the movie.
Randomness a hit-making
They’re set to play to a sold-out crowd at Coachella, the yearly
hipster music fest in California, alongside major artists such as Muse,
Arcade Fire and a reuniting hip-hop group Outkast, whose member Andre
3000 was featured in the duo’s song “Farah Fawcett Hair.”
While the song is chockfull of familiar references like Nutella, Michael
Jackson’s Thriller and sunsets, all seemingly random, they’re
all, like the song says, “good sh*t” that people can relate
Who knows? It could be a glimpse to Capital Cities’ hit-making