Los Angeles-based electro-pop duo Capital Cities isn’t afraid to let the Southern California sunshine seep into their music. Synth-tastically bright, danceable and catchy, yet maintaining a depth that reflects the band’s roots in San Francisco, Paris and Armenia, it’s loaded with appeal. Perhaps it’s the vintage Juno-106 heard punching out across their self-titled debut EP, or the unique timbre of frontmen Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian’s blended vocals. Either way, Capital Cities’ songs are genuinely connecting with people.

Already making a splash with their remix for Nu Thang, which made its way onto none other than The Daily Beast, the band have now released their debut self titled EP featuring the single Safe And Sound. Claimed to be “…a big sound that surely will not be rejected on the dance floor” by GrungeCake and “…a survey course on everything great about electro-pop music” by Raving Riots, Capital Cities have been making waves across the blogosphere with their undeniably addicting tracks.

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Performing in front of sellout crowds all over California, including hometown haunts The Troubadour and El Rey Theater, Capital Cities has a quickly growing fan base. TV personality Chelsea Handler recently selected their single Safe and Sound to be featured on her live comedy tour playlist. Perhaps more impressive is the duo’s collaboration with one of their longtime musical heroes on their first release. They formed a relationship with Simon Mills (UK electronica group BENT) in 2010 that ultimately led to him producing their track I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo.

In 2008, Merchant and Simonian met by chance through Craigslist and formed a composing team. After writing hooks and jingles for numerous high-profile ad campaigns, they realized their musical chemistry was destined to create something more personal. In 2010, Capital Cities was officially born.

With all they have accomplished in less than a year, Capital Cities has proven to be fast on the rise as a band to watch.

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Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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