Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian created the pop band Capital Cities. Now thanks to the bonafide hit single “Safe and Sound” the two are known globally.

In a Tidal Wave of Mystery was released this summer fittingly on Capitol Records and with heavy rotation on many radio stations sales continue to grow.

Nunn on the Run went backstage at their last Chicago show to learn more about the duo and what the future holds for them.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, guys. So you are both from California?

Ryan Merchant: I am from San Francisco.

Sebu Simonian: I’m from Los Angeles.

JN: So the two of you met up on craigslist?

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