Capital Cities | 10.01.14

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Ogden Theater, Denver

On Wednesday, Oct. 1, new indie pop band Capital Cities graced the stage of Denver’s Ogden Theater as a part of their nationwide tour. The band had some great opening acts that did an excellent job of moving the crowd and getting everyone excited about this eclectic group of guys. As much as everyone enjoyed the openers, the purpose of the evening quickly became clear when Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, the vocalists for Capital Cities, came onto the stage.

The band opened up with a song that has become an anthem in Colorado, “Tell Me How to Live,” and the crowd went absolutely wild. The venue was so crowded when the main attraction began that you could not move without an elbow to the gut and, in true Colorado fashion, the smoke was thick enough to slice with a knife. The next song in the act was “Chartreuse,” during which Merchant got the entire audience involved in a simple dance. Almost immediately when the California dreamboat started two-stepping, the panties started magically falling onto the stage, and the women lost control of all of their basic function. Merchant did not seem fazed, and Capital Cities played on with incredible chemistry and stage presence.

After a few great sets, the gentlemen wanted to share some presents with the people in the audience. I am not sure if they smelled the marijuana and thought people needed some munchies, or if they were just looking to get rid of some groceries before getting back on the road. Either way, I was tickled to see this young and very unique group of men handing out Scooby-doo fruit snacks, bacon bowls, and other snacks and toys. The men and women of The Ogden must have felt a deep connection with Capital Cities because the cries for an encore began immediately when the music stopped, before they could even get backstage. After a few minutes of shrieking and pleading, the guys came out to close the night with some cover songs that truly showcased the artistic quality of the former commercial jingle writers. They brought down the house once and for all by doing an encore of the radio hit, “Safe and Sound.” All in all, Denver welcomed Capital Cities with open arms, and they did not disappoint. | Nardos Mekonnen

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