“Kangaroo Court,” the new video from Capital Cities, premieres today on VEVO. The clip, which can be seen here was co-directed by Carlos López Estrada (Passion Pit, Goo Goo Dolls, Jesse & Joy) and Capital Cities’ own Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant. It features guest stars Darren Criss (“Glee”) and Shannon Woodward (“Raising Hope”).
The video takes the concept of a kangaroo court – a mock trial wherein the outcome is pre-determined and the defendant has typically been found guilty before the proceedings even begin – to the animal kingdom, where, as it turns out, creatures aren’t exactly tolerant either.
The premise gave everyone a good excuse to don elaborate prosthetics and patronize a trendy club called The Kangaroo Court, where club owner Criss has a strict no-zebras policy – which is unfortunate for Merchant, since he plays a zebra.
“I’ve been a big Capital Cities fan for awhile. They asked me to be a part of this video and I was like ‘hell, yeah, man,’” says Darren Criss, who plays the high-rolling bulldog that runs the club. “When you’re working on a show like ‘Glee,’ you have lot of different crazy costumes and wardrobe and a lot of makeup things every now and then. I myself haven’t had any prosthetic animal make-up before. I’m really excited about it – I don’t even want to take it off. I’m gonna leave it on and go for a drive later and see what happens.”
Capital Cities will perform on “Ellen” on October 1 and kick off the “Bright Futures Tour” with Fitz and The Tantrums on October 20. Tickets are on sale now for the co-headlining run, which will include shows at Roseland Ballroom in New York City (October 23) and Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club (October 30 & 31st). See below for itinerary.
Billboard praised “Kangaroo Court” as a “summer jam if we’ve ever heard one” and the track has already been added by such modern rock stations such as KROQ and 98/7 in Los Angeles and Live105 in San Francisco. It’s the second single off Capital Cities’ debut album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery (Capitol Records/Lazy Hooks). “Safe and Sound,” the first single, hit No. 1 at Modern Rock radio and is now a multi-format smash. It’s currently Top 5 – and building – at the Pop, Hot AC, Triple A and Modern Rock formats. “Safe and Sound” has been certified Platinum in the United States (where it’s sold 1.3 million singles), Germany and Canada and has gone Gold in Italy, Mexico, Austria and Switzerland.
The “Safe and Sound” video – which has more than 16 million views – won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects. Directed by Grady Hall (Beck, Modest Mouse), the clip features a mash-up of the past 100 years of dance, presided over by Capital Cities front men Merchant and Simonian. The pair learned lots of new moves from famed choreographer Mandy Moore on the shoot. Fans can get in the swing of things, too, with these fun dance tutorials, which are now live on YouTube channel DanceOn!
Capital Cities – Upcoming Tour Dates
9/5 – Hamburg – Docks
9/6-7 – Berlin – Berlin Festival 2013
9/9 – Frankfurt – Gibson
9/10 – Munich – Muffathalle
9/11 – Milan – Magazzini Generali
9/13 – Lisbon – Santiago Alquimista
9/14 – Madrid – DCode Fest 2013
9/16 – Paris – Nouveau Casino
9/17 – Cologne – E-Werk
9/18 – Antwerp – TRIX Centrum voor Muziek
9/19 – London – XOYO
9/20-21 – Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown 2013
9/21-22 – Denver, CO – Riot Fest 2013
10/12-13 – Mexico City – Festival Corona Capital 2013
10/20 – Richmond, VA – The National *
10/23 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom *
10/24 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
10/25 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome at Oakdale Theater *
10/27-28 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Festival
10/28 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
10/29 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *
10/30 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club * (SOLD OUT)
10/31 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club * (SOLD OUT)
11/2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
(opening for Two Door Cinema Club)
11/13 – Athens, OH – Ohio University *
11/15 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues *
11/21 – Maplewood, MN – Myth *
11/23 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave *
* with Fitz and The Tantrums
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