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Photos: Capital Cities strip down 'Safe and Sound' at 93.3-FLZ in Tampa




Capital Cities first released their infectious, horn-driven synth-pop single Safe and Sound all the way back in 2011, but its rise to the top of the alternative and pop charts has been so slow and steady you may just now be hearing it for the first time. It might not topple Get Lucky or Blurred Lines for the title of Song of Summer 2013, but it’s definitely one of the year’s breakout hits.

The pop group, led by singer-producers Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant, passed through Tampa Bay last month for a free 97X concert, and they were back in Tampa on Monday, performing an acoustic set for 93.3-FLZ in Tampa. The group met with fans and performed stripped-down versions of Kangaroo Court, Love Away and, of course Safe and Sound.

The acoustic, chilled-out, breezy version of Safe and Sound is a smooth and groovy party jam better suited to a surfside barbecue than a blaring club, but the group loves performing it both ways.

“When we write songs, we’re always thinking about the song in its most basic form, first and foremost,” Simonian said after the set. “We enjoy stripping down any one of our songs, being able to play it just on acoustic guitar. It has a different kind of emotional impact that way.”

Check out few photos from the set by clicking on the headline of this post.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00pm]


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