"The band started to have international penetration before they had activity really blowing up in America -- particularly South America, where they had invested early on," says their international booker, Rob Marcus, of WME. "[Now] all of South America's blowing up for them."
The challenge is timing. "Safe and Sound is their first big hit, and at different times... the world's a big place." He continues with a direct example. "[In Europe] they had a big sync on a very very big television ad, which took them to #1. That really led Germany, but other markets weren't there yet. We had a bit of a dilemma of [whether to] go to Germany while it's hot or waiting to do the rest [of Europe.] We decided it's better to go while it's hot, and it worked to their benefit."
Next up for the band's more festival dates, including Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, and a tour with an unlikely headliner: pop superstar Katy Perry. "We can't deny that "Safe and Sound" crossed over to Top 40 and went #1 at Top 40 radio," says Weisman. "To me there's no mainstream and alternative anymore. Capital Cities, at the end of the day, is a quirky band that makes music that a lot of people like. We're not ashamed of it at all -- it's not a cred issue for us."
Their US/Canada agent, Adam Brill, of APA, who booked the tour, agrees. "We started at the club level and gained fans in a way that was organic," he said. "The best part of the Katy Perry tour is we're going to be gaining a bunch of eyeballs that probably wouldn't go see Capital Cities...when there's a crossover situation, you really enter new worlds."