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Los Angeles indie electro unit Capital Cities first came together as a duo of composers/songwriters RyanMerchant and Sebu Simonian. The two initially met on craigslist in 2008 and worked as jingle...

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Los Angeles indie electro unit Capital Cities 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," an upbeat mesh 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. Their debut full-length In a Tidal Wave of Mystery appeared
on Capitol Records / Lazy Hooks in June 2013.