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Indie Pop Duo Known for Their Single "Safe And Sound"

Los Angeles duo of composers Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian initially met on Craigslist in 2008 and worked as jingle writers until they formed the indie electro band Capital Cities in 2010. They released an EP independently in 2011 that included the song “Safe and Sound,” an upbeat mesh of synths and melody that spread like wildfire across the Internet.

When they discovered through social media that an alternative radio station in Peru began to play the song, they connected with fans from Lima and organized tours in South America.

Encouraged by the experience, the band self-funded a promotional campaign and got on the radio in the states. Soon after, the music industry and the rest of the world took notice. Capitol Records signed the band’s indie label Lazy Hooks and released Capital Cities’ debut album "In A Tidal Wave of Mystery" in June 2013.

“Safe and Sound” went multi-Platinum in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Mexico, and others, and shot to the top of numerous international charts, including number one on alternative radio in the U.S. and No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The music video, a celebratory mash-up of dancing from various eras and cultures, received a VMA and a Grammy nomination.

The band has toured four continents and played in front of tens of thousands fans at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Poland, Japan and Korea. This year they will play Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Hangout Fest and all three South American Lollapalooza dates and then hit the road with Katy Perry on the first leg of her summer tour.

Merchant and Simonian are joined by bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, guitarist Nick Merwin, and drummer Channing Holmes.

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How a Craigslist Ad Led to Capital Cities' Top 10 Smash 'Safe and ...

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Capital Cities On 'Safe and Sound,' Andre 3000 & Possibly Returning To Jingle-Writing

A half-decade after meeting on Craigslist, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian are enjoying a long-overdue moment of mainstream recognition as the indie-pop duo Capital Cities.

Live Review: Capital Cities remain safe in their familiar sound at the Paradise

Certain bands have the boon of being able to go through musical droughts and not release a lick of new music, yet still tour every year and tantalize fans with the same old song and dance. Electro-funk duo Capital Cities, made famous for their enduring radio hit “Safe and Sound,” represent just that kind of group.

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