Capital Cities for C&C

By Max Schnidman ’14

Indie Pop duo Capital Cities, whose single “Safe and Sound” reached #1 on Billboard’s Alternative 100 Chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, will headline this year’s Class & Charter Concert, according to a tour date listed on the Capital Cities website.

The duo’s performance will be part of the Campus Consciousness Tour, which seeks to motivate students toward greater awareness of and action toward environmental issues. The Campus Consciousness Tour came to Hamilton in the fall, when Grouplove performed.

Capital Cities is comprised of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian,  who met on Craigslist in 2011, after which they released their debut EP, Lazy Hooks. They signed with Capitol Records in 2012, they released their debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, in June 2013. The album received positive reviews from Allmusic and Gigwise, and is particularly notable for its heavy use of synth trumpets. In a Tidal Wave of Mystery reached #8 on the Billboard 200 and its lead single, “Safe and Sound,” was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, selling over 2 million copies.

Scavenger Hunt will open for Capital Cities during the Class & Charter Concert. They are an indie band with an electro-pop sound formed in Los Angeles, and are releasing their first EP in April. Their debut single “Lost” has received acclaim from various Indie blogs and has started appearing on college radio, including the University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN.

This represents the second consecutive year of Hamilton acquiring a renowned artist for the Class & Charter Concert, with last year’s widely-praised performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis coming not long after “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” dominated the airwaves, becoming the 1st and 5th most popular songs of 2013 on Billboard’s Hot 100 year-end list.

The Class & Charter Concert will take place on May 9 at 4 p.m. on the Turf Field. The Field House will serve as the rain site.


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