Capital Cities

“Bound to make your dance-infused taste buds sizzle. The music swarms with outside-of-the-box tendencies, jam-packed […]

Bound to make your dance-infused taste buds sizzle. The music swarms with outside-of-the-box tendencies, jam-packed full of life, energy and unusual yet fantastic sounds.”  — Clixie

Los Angeles-based electro-pop outfit Capital Cities is made up of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian.

The two met in 2008 when Merchant responded to Simonian’s Craiglist ad offering his production skills. At the time Merchant was interning at a commercial jingle house when he came across Simonian’s ad. Merchant asked Simonian to work with him on commercial jingles, and proto-Capital Cities was born.

After much successful jingle work, the duo decided to make a go of it as a band with a catchy signature sound: analog synths, lead vocals in unison, and a need to make you dance.

Danceable beats are clearly the goal. Their website describes their music as “the perfect soundscape for a day at the beach, or a night in the dark part of town, as long as you’re ready to dance.

It seems like every generation feels like it’s living in the worst of times,” Merchant says. “And of course there are horrible things happening, but the average person is better off now than he or she was 50 years ago. In some ways ‘Safe and Sound’ is an antidote to the human tendency to think in apocalyptic terms and not really look at the logic of the world around us. Things are getting better and there’s a lot to be positive about.”

Their self-titled debut EP is out on Capitol Records/Lazy Hooks, and full-length album “In A Tidal Wave of Mystery” is expected June 11th. They play the Mod Club in Toronto May 13th.

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