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‘Safe and Sound’ hitmakers Capital Cities on tasting major success

If you’ve got the radio blasting while you’re driving through Los Angeles, you’re guaranteed to hear Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” at least three times on three different stations between Venice and the Valley. This was the case long before the LA natives’ big label debut, “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery,” dropped via Capitol at the start of the summer and the fervor for its first single has grown at a tsunami pace since, taking on Top 40 radio and a handful of 2013 Best Of lists. Before the band’s co-headlining show Monday at the House of Blues with fellow Angelenos Fitz and the Tantrums, we caught up with singer Sebu Simonian as he was parked in a Walmart parking lot somewhere outside of Allentown, Pa., about reppin’ LA, going major label, and having a “That Thing You Do!” moment.