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Founding composer/songwriters Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian first came together in 2010 via Craigslist, working as commercial jingle writers. Shortly after meeting, they released an EP online, which included the song "Safe and Sound," an upbeat mash of programming and melody that went viral and gained the act a lot of Internet exposure. Eventually, Merchant and Simonian were joined by bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, guitarist Nick Merwin, and drummer Channing Holmes. The fully realized live version of Capital Cities played festivals internationally, opening shows for Jane's Addiction, Asher Roth, and many others. Their full-length debut, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, arrived on Capitol in June 2013, followed later that year by the Kangaroo Court EP. The band's innovative video for "Kangaroo Court" earned them a Grammy nomination the following year. They further expanded their audience in 2014, hopping onto Katy Perry's Prism tour as show openers.
Capital Cities returned in the summer of 2017 with their fourth EP, Swimming Pool Summer, which featured rapper Rick Ross on "Girl Friday." A year later, they issued their sophomore full-length Solarize. ~ Fred Thomas