Captain Ahab (RIP)

Captain Ahab was an electropop duo based in Los Angeles, California. They refer to their sound, a DIY take on dance music, as ravesploitation. The band was made up of Jonathan Snipes and Jim Merson. While performing, members of Captain Ahab are usually partially undressed, covered in sweat, and constantly forcing themselves into physical contact with members of the audience. ...show more

Captain Ahab was an electropop duo based in Los Angeles, California. They refer to their sound, a DIY take on dance music, as ravesploitation. The band was made up of Jonathan Snipes and Jim Merson. While performing, members of Captain Ahab are usually partially undressed, covered in sweat, and constantly forcing themselves into physical contact with members of the audience.

While their lyrics are satirically misogynistic, their live performance is thoroughly homoerotic. Debuting in 2002 with "Bot Pirate" on the UK's Irritant Records, Captain Ahab's warped 80's dance pop sound and sexually explicit lyrics prompted Muzik magazine to deem it "pure smut" and XLR8R, "stunningly brilliant." Their first full-length album, "The Sex is Next", released in 2004 through A2 Audio is an amalgamation of dance party tones, a pearl nestled within the Captain's treasure chest. In 2004, Captain Ahab was nominated as electronic artist of the year by Diesel Jeans' Diesel-U-Music. Their track "Blind Love" was subsequently featured on a Hefty compilation with Postal Service, Scream Club, Why?, John Tejada, and many more.

Captain Ahab's second album, "After the Rain My Heart Still Dreams" dropped anchor April 2006 on Deathbomb Arc. A truly innovative project, After the Rain references everything from harsh noise to top-40-pop-punk, to Detroit booty house, to black metal, to IDM, to dancehall but cannot be pegged as any one. It was this autonomy that prompted Snipes to collaborate with Deathbomb Arc founder Brian Miller in 2006 to create the scion label Ravesploitative Records, establishing Captain Ahab and other like-minded electronic groups as the harbingers of times to come. In June 2006, Captain Ahab won the Snakes on a Plane music contest, with their song "Snakes on the Brain", which was featured during the closing credits of the film. ...show less

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