Monday, December 23, 2013

Philippines, Get Ready for Capital Cities

Words by Kix Suarez

Craigslist (styled craigslist) is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing,personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.  The site is not exactly geared towards musicians but we’ve got to thank the guys behind the site for giving us the band Capital Cities. Who would’ve known Craiglist was a good place to look to to start a band? Los Angeles indie electro unit Capital Cities did just that. The group first came together as a duo of composers/songwriters Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian.

The two initially met on Craigslist in 2008 and worked as jingle writers until they formed the band in 2010. They released an EP independently in 2011 that included the song “Safe and Sound.” The upbeat mesh of bit synth and lyrical uncanny blew up the Internet. A few days in and the song went viral and was pretty much featured in every indie/hipster music blog online.
This hit gave way to them being featured on Perez Hilton’s Pop Up # 1 compilation in 2012 and landed them a number one spot on the US Alternative Songs chart. Eventually, they took on elsewhere: from the US to Europe to Asia!

This year, they released their debut full-length In a Tidal Wave of Mystery under Captiol Records in partnership with Lazy Hooks in June. It was the first release of new material on Capitol with a Universal Music Group catalog number. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart.
More recently, the group released a video for their sophomore track Kangaroo Court. The video features appearances from Darren Criss, Shannon Woodward, and Channing Holmes. The story tells of a zebra, which has been forbidden from a club called The Kangaroo Court.

Attempting entry disguised as a horse, he falls for a lapdog. Her date that night, a bulldog, becomes jealous and reveals the zebra for which he actually is. The zebra is placed under arrest for his crime and sent to court to face a kangaroo judge. He is found guilty immediately and is executed by lion.

As they gained more and more following, Merchant and Simonian were joined by bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig (who apparently is half Filipino), guitarist Nick Merwin, and drummer Channing Holmes.

The fully realized live version of Capital Cities has played so many gigs and festivals around the world. They’ve toured the whole of US and selling out most of their solo shows months in advance. They’ve been festival favorites; gracing the stages of Sundance, SXSW and ULTRA (just to name a few) with their own brand of dance.

Now, they are making their way to Ayala Malls. Veins pumped, synths ready, beats per minute shooting off the chart, you better get ready to dance. ‘Consider yourself warned, listening to Capital Cities is habit forming,’ Status Magazine writes. They forgot to mention though that involuntary jerks and dance steps are quite normal in their gigs. It’s a non-stop aerobics party – so make sure to come in your dancing shoes. If not, you can always cop a pair there. It’s in Ayala Malls anyway!

Ayala Malls and Music Management International presents
Capital Cities Live at Ayala Malls
January 11 and 12, 2014
Ayala Malls

Schedule of Shows:
January 11, 2014 - Alabang Town Center(4pm) & Glorietta(7pm)
January 12, 2014 - Marquee Mall(3pm) & Trinoma(7pm)

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