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Los Angeles, United States (2002 – 2012)

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.


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  • alex12399

    it's clipping bitch

    21 Jun 11:05am Reply
  • SAC666

    unimaginable brilliance. nuff said.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • partydream

    The anniversary of their last show is coming up soon. On November 2nd @ midnight, blast your favorite Captain Ahab song and dance like Jim.

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Xpert74

    I feel kind of sad that I've really gotten into Captain Ahab over the past year, when they happened to break up right before I became a fan of theirs.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • shitscud

    I remember catching these badasses in Austin at the old Parlor, right around the corner from my old pad on North Loop. Can't recall who they were on tour with but they fucking killed it. I had a good time sweatin' it up with em and dude-ing out.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • FootVillage

    Brian, head of Deathbomb Arc here. I think that Captain Ahab was the best live act of all time. I think most Ahab fans would agree with me. So let's all vote for Captain Ahab as Best Live Act on the Pitchfork Readers Poll and get the sweaty boys the recognition they deserve! What do you say? You with me?!?! Let's do this!

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
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  • Hakubi

    Last night's show was amazing. I fulfilled a life goal.

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • OnTheFly


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  • Shru

    R.I.P. Jim, you left us too soon.

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Hakubi


    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Clockworker18


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  • sczombie

    I don't have a dick

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • willem93

    Reminds me of Aux Raus

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • OllieTutty

    absolutely induces a euphoria i can only hope to contain through uncontrollable thrashing

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • FootVillage

    after 6 years of waiting, a music video for "Girls Gone Wild". this, eu tour dates, and a whole bunch of ahab animated gifs at the ahab site:

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • UntoAshes

    I am young and blonde, and have done SO much cocaine tonight.

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Zamari This new video has vastly improved my life

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Hakubi

    Or December. Looks like they'll be in Europe. I can wait 2 more months.

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Hakubi

    Damn. I have to go back to Florida for a month to work. I wish I could time-travel to November when I move to LA and finally see them live.

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
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