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.
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 number eight 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 played in front of hundreds of thousands of fans on four continents. Merchant and Simonian are joined by bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeterWill Artope, guitarist Nick Merwin, and drummer Aaron Prather.
This summer, you’ll feel like a kid-in-a-candy-store when you visit the 2018 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons.
You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical candyland overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!