& Sound: Capital Cities in the Capital City
Capital Cities burst on to
the music scene with their catchy song, “Safe and Sound,”
in 2011. The song quickly went viral, even though it was self-released
by the band, without record label support. Capital (with an “a”)
Cities soon signed with Capitol (with an “o”) Records and
in June of this year, they released their debut album, “In a Tidal
Wave of Mystery.”
The duo, Ryan Merchant and
Sebu Simonian, got together via Craigslist (as you’ll read below)
and started making music together right away. They put a band together
for touring and started to wow audiences around the country—and
the world—with their energetic blend of indie pop and dance rhythms.
Concerts are known to be a huge dance party, with the band sometimes
hopping off the stage and joining in the action.
With the dance theme in mind,
Capital Cities made a video for “Safe and Sound” that features
a medley of dance styles from the past century. It was innovative enough
to win this year’s VMA for Best Visual Effects.
On Tap: How did it feel to win the VMA? Were you guys able to make the ceremony?
Sebu Simonian: Unfortunately,
we had another gig obligation, so we couldn’t attend the awards
show, but we are thrilled that Grady Hall and his amazing team at Motion
Theory and Mirada out of Los Angeles got the credit they deserve.
OT: “Safe and Sound”
has sold over a million units. It’s been on the charts for many
weeks, and it’s in the top 10. Why do you think it has resonated
so much with people?
OT: How did Capital Cities
come about? Is it true you guys met on Craigslist and collaborated on
advertisements before the band? What made you decide to put that on
the back burner and move the band to the front?
OT: What’re your plans
for your next album?
OT: Have you played DC before?
Are you looking forward to your double-header at 9:30 Club?