Capital Cities is an American band established in 2010 by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. They are mostly famous for their songs “Safe and Sound” and “Kangaroo court”. They hold an MTV Music Award.
In 2012, the band released a single “Kangaroo Court”. The next song “Safe and Sound” became one of the most successful singles recorded by the band. It topped the US Alternative songs chart and got to the 8th spot of Billboard Hot 100.
In 2013, the band released their first studio album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery. The name of the album was taken from the text of the first single in the LP “Safe and Sound”. The album included other successful singles, such as “Kangaroo court”, “I Sold My Bed, but not My Stereo”. The debut album was not as successful as the band hoped. Alternative music critics mostly approved the LP while blaming Capital Cities for a monotonous style.
The same year they went on a North American tour with Gold Fields. The tour was more than successful. The tickets to many concerts were sold out months in advance. In April 2012, VEVO presented an official Safe and Sound music video directed by Grady Hall. The video was a compilation of various dancing styles of the past century. It was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards, one of them it eventually received. In May 2013, “Safe and Sound” topped the German Singles Chart. A few months later, the band releases a new music video “Kangaroo Court”, which was successful as well.
In May 2016, the group hinted that they were planning to release a second studio album, however, none was forthcoming so far.
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