Place of birth : Los Angeles, California, USA
Citizenship : United States
Indie - pop duo from Los AngelesThe project `Capital Cities` grew out of collaborative work on the advertising music (jingles) . Do not parted with the advertising world musicians to this day - their works are still finding their place in a variety of commercials.
Duet `Capital Cities` was founded Merchant Ryan (Ryan Merchant) and Cebu Simonyan (Sebu Simonian).Merchant Simonian found on Craigslist. Soon Ryan Cebu and do collaborative writing jingles ; after three years of fruitful co-operation (and the creation of a number of songs for commercials) , Merchant and Simonian created his own group, `Capital Cities`.
The debut disc by the group, EP `Capital Cities` released June 7, 2011 - th ;musicians released it under its own label as `Lazy Hooks`.
Already in 2012, the band felt it best to go under the wing of a larger company and signed a contract with `Capitol Records`.
1st of May
Of 2012 I saw the light of a single `Kangaroo Court`. Already August 7, 2012 the first duet Simonyan and Merchant was the first place in the ranking ,assembled popular blogger Perez Hilton (Perez Hilton). Not less success waited released next song `Safe and Sound` - she even climbed to the first position in the ranking of the American ` US Alternative Songs` and has been used in German advertising `Vodafone`.Together with the `Lazy Hooks` label ` Capitol Records` released his debut album `In a Tidal Wave of Mystery`; light new album saw the June 4, 2013 -th. Named the record was in the text of one of the most successful hits teammates (and, concurrently, pervogoih singles) - composition `Safe and Sound`.The composition of this not only proved to be rather successful in itself, but also sounded in a number of relatively large advertising campaigns - for `HBO`,` Microsoft` and `Smart Car`. They went into the album and other successful songs - `Kangaroo Court` and ` I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo`.Record a song `Farrah Fawcett Hair` musicians helped the singer Shemika Sekrest (Shemika Secrest), Andre 3000 (Andre 3000) from ` Outcast` Tavares and Frank (Frank Tavares) of `NPR`. Producing the album and processing compositions and Merchant Simonyan took over completely ; formalize the disc outwardly they helped Brazilian artist Joao Lauro Fonte (Jo & # 227; O Lauro Fonte). Adopted debut album was not quite clear ; for the most part ` alternativnye` critics praised the music component, simultaneously reproaching ` Capital Cities` in a certain monotony and the inability to pick up a really heterogeneous material. More ` meynstrimovye` critics were more supportive - they clearly album came to taste.
The first concert tour in North America - called `Dancing with Strangers` - musicians went on April 23 ; They will be `Gold Fields`. The tour was more than successful - so in the planned for May 9 in New representationYork `Irving Plaza` Biel were sold out in two months ; as successfully passed performance in Los Angeles `El Rey Theatre`. All funds raised on June 7 presentation `El Rey`, were given to the project and the needs of ` MusiCares` `Place Called Home`. Merchant and Simonian had time to visit and some pretty big events like `Sundance`,`SXSW` and ` ULTRA`.
April 25, 2013 th to `VEVO` appeared the official music video for the song ` Safe and Sound`. Clip was directed by Grady Hall (Grady Hall), who previously worked with Beck (Beck) and `Modest House`. Clip `Capital Cities` was a compilation of various dance styles of the last 100 years ;staged dance participated nominated for ` Emmi` (Emmy) choreographer Mandy Moore (Mandy Moore). Clip the public and the critics came over to taste ; it even nominated for `MTV Video Music Award` in the categories ` Best Art rezhissura` and` Best Visual effekty`. The second prize, by the way ,Clip eventually win. Parallel lasted more than a triumphal procession through the screens of the clip ; Thus, in May of 2013 `Safe and Sound` climbed to the top spot in the ranking of ` German Single Chart`.
on September 5 2013, the band released a new clip - this time for the song `Kangaroo Court`. Above this clip together with the Merchant and Mr. Simonyan