Monday, August 01, 2011


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.

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. The band's debut EP is up on iTunes and physical copies can be purchased through CD Rama.