Capital Cities rock Anaheim’s House of Blues

Story and Photo by Jackie Teeple

Capital Cities first headlining tour, Dancing With Strangers, came through Anaheim this past week with phenomenal support acts LA’s DWNTWN and Australia’s Gold Fields. They played to a sold out crowd, packed wall to wall as everyone danced to the music. All three acts put on a great show, but Capital Cities brought the house down with an expert blend of covers ranging from Pink Floyd to Madonna songs and material from their debut album, In A Tidal Wave of Mystery, including two versions of their chart topper, Safe and Sound. Their opening song was a cover of Pink Floyd’s Breathe, as the band ran out onstage in matching sunglasses and satin jackets with the band’s name emblazoned on the back. They walked out across a color changing, light up pair of sunglasses that dwarfed the House of Blues crest at the rear of the stage. Everyone jumped to their feet with Sebu and Ryan leading the show on Keys, Synth and Tambourine, flanked by Manuel, Nick and Sebastian (Bass, Guitar and Trumpet, respectively.)

The next few songs were from In A Tidal Wave of Mystery and included their newest single, Kangaroo Court—paired with synchronous dance moves from Ryan and Sebu, and Sebastian getting up-close and personal with the audience with his trumpet, while Manuel and Nick shredded on either side. Songs from the new album included Chartreuse, the aforementioned Kangaroo Court, Farrah Fawcett Hair, Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast, and Center Stage. During Center Stage, Sebu and Ryan took a few minutes to teach the audience a dance reminiscent of the Electric Slide, appropriately called “The Capital Cities Dance,” which had everyone from the standing room floor to the balcony on their feet and dancing together

The half-way point of the set was another cover, this time the Bee Gees’ disco hit, Stayin’ Alive, keeping the energy up as they played two more songs from Tidal Wave, Love Away and I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo, followed by the third cover of the night, Prince and Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U, with an upbeat, electropop rendition of the 80s classic, leading into their number one hit, Safe and Sound. Not a soul was in the bar or the hallways, every body was crammed onto the floor and the balcony, jumping and dancing until the floors shook. Singing along and waving their hands, the whole crowd went crazy for the song.

They wrapped up the set with their final cover, Madonna’s Holiday, the energy never going down from Safe and Sound as they performed the Material Girl’s hit song, rounding out their set with one final performance of Safe and Sound, remixed. Capital Cities not only delivered on the indie-electro-pop-rock sound that has topped radio charts this spring, but rocked the Anaheim house of blues like bigger acts before it have only tried. The show was incredible, and if you get a chance to see Capital Cities this summer, do it, if not, definitely pick up In A Tidal Wave of Mystery and dance all summer! More photos to follow!