Capital Cities

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.


One Minute More

RELEASED ON 11/03/2014

One Minute More

Capital Cities

Kangaroo Court EP

RELEASED ON 17/12/2013

Kangaroo Court EP

Capital Cities

In A Tidal Wave of Mystery

RELEASED ON 04/06/2013

In A Tidal Wave of Mystery

Capital Cities



Excited to welcome Capital Cities to the Roc Nation family! Thumb__300CMYK-250x250 Capital Cities debut full-length album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is available now. Listen to their single "Safe and Sound" on the Roc Nation Spotify playlist below.

Congratulations Rihanna, JAY Z, J. Cole, Calvin Harris, and Capital Cities on their Grammy Nominations.

Album of the Year:
JAY Z - Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Stay - Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
Suit and Tie- Justin Timberlake ft. JAY Z

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Rihanna - Unapologetic

Best Dance Recording:
Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Calvin Harris - 18 Months

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
J. Cole- Power Trip ft. Miguel
JAY Z - Part II (On The Run) ft. Beyoncé
JAY Z - Holy Grail ft. Justin Timberlake

Best Rap Song:
JAY Z - Holy Grail ft. Justin Timberlake

Best Rap Performance:
JAY Z - Tom Ford

Best Rap Album:
JAY Z - Magna Carta... Holy Grail

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:
Great Gatsby

Best Music Video:
Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
JAY Z - Picasso Baby (A Performance Art Film)
Justin Timberlake ft. JAY Z- Suit and Tie

Download Capital Cities new remixes and b-sides on their Kangaroo Court EP on iTunes this holiday season. Plus, watch the band turn into animals alongside Darren Criss and Shannon Woodward in their video for "Kangaroo Court" below:

2013 was an amazing year for Roc Nation artists, songwriters, and producers. Look back on the Roc fam's year now on Spotify:

Watch Capital Cities new short film based on their "Kangaroo Court" music video now: You can watch the original "Kangaroo Court" video here and download their album "In A Tidal Wave of Mystery" on iTunes.

Capital Cities released their deluxe edition of the album In A Tidal Wave of Mystery today with a brand new track "One Minute More". They'll be releasing the lyric video for "One Minute More" tomorrow and you can check out a preview on their instagram below.

Congrats to Capital Cities, Rihanna, JAY Z, Calvin Harris and J. Cole on being named finalists for the Billboard Music Awards! Full list of categories below.
Top Touring Artist
Top Female Artist
Top R&B Artist
Top Social Artist
Top Rap Song – Eminem feat. Rihanna "The Monster"

Top Rap Artist
Top Rap Song - "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake
Top Rap Album – Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Top R&B Song – Beyonce Feat. JAY Z "Drunk in Love" and Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z "Suit and Tie"

Capital Cities:
Top Rock Song - "Safe and Sound"
Top New Artist
Top Rock Artist

J. Cole: Top Rap Album – Born Sinner

Calvin Harris: Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Good luck to Rihanna, JAY Z, Calvin Harris, Capital Cities, and J. Cole on their iHeartRadio award nominations! The first-ever awards show premieres tonight on NBC, featuring Shakira's performance of "Empire" and Rita Ora's LA Story.

Full List of Roc Nation Nominations:

iHeartRadio Instagram Award: Rihanna

EDM Song of the Year: Calvin Harris - "I Need Your Love" featuring Ellie Goulding + "Sweet Nothing" featuring Florence Welch

Alt Rock Song of the Year: Capital Cities - "Safe and Sound" Best New Artist: Capital Cities

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year:
Rihanna - "Pour It Up"
JAY Z – "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake

Best Fan Army: Rihanna Navy

Best Collaboration:
Rihanna – "The Monster" with Eminem and "Stay" featuring Mikky Ekko
JAY Z – "Suit & Tie" and "Holy Grail" with Justin Timberlake


Capital Cities plays Bonnaroo Festival in Tennesse this Sunday. Follow their advice on how to survive the fest via Consequence of Sound:

Capital Cities take over the stage as the guest artist on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight, July 8th. Tune in to see them perform "One Minute More" on CBS at 11:35pm/10:35c. letterman-Instagram

Kanye West, J. Cole, Rita Ora, DJ Mustard, Capital Cities, Grimes, Hit Boy, and Scavenger Hunt are performing at the Made In America Festival this weekend. Get your LA and Philly tickets here. 1610801_10152879596159206_2250396972680284821_n

This year’s Budweiser Made In America Festival saw J. Cole, Grimes and more in Philadelphia, and Rita Ora, DJ Mustard, Capital Cities, Scavenger Hunt, and other artists in Los Angeles – with Kanye West headlining and closing both days. Thanks to everyone who made the festival’s first year in LA and third year in Philly such major successes! kanye copy Grimes J. Cole kanye djmustard capitalcities1 RItaOra-HerPhoto

Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities took Rolling Stone through a day in the life from sound check to encore during their tour stop in Denver, Colorado. Read the full article here. Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 6.01.56 PM