Ahoy Clubbers get ready to rumble as Los Angeles’ godlike Captain Ahab return with the Australian red edition of End of Irony. Seamen of the highest order team Ahab are part machine, part dance savant, who spout post club raveploitation music riddled with estranging misogynistic lyrics with a thoroughly homoerotic aftertaste.
No plain sailing, this new LP/CD set is packed with exclusive tracks like Lift Me Up, Club Girl, The Litany of Captain Ahab, After the Party, The End of Irony & Pornography and for the first time on Vinyl (or any tangible format for that matter) Rock & Roll Positive and Was Love plus drastically reworked versions of Get Fucked in the Club, How 2 Party, The Calm Before the Sword.
The End of Irony 8:41
Rock & Roll Positive 3:08
After the Party 3:15
Was Love 4:06
Get Fucked in the Club (Tattered Syntax) 2:56
The Calm Before the Sword (Club Mix) 5:32
Lift Me Up, Club Girl 5:51
Death to False Techno 5:57
Acting Hard 4:59
I Don't Have a Dick 5:02
The Litany of Captain Ahab 3:48
How 2 Party (Nostalgia) 4:09
Feel Anymore 6:04
For far too long we have loved things in the name of “guilty pleasures.” What is, and what is not cool can be so fickle. To protect ourselves, we have reinvented irony to serve as a silly suit of armor that says: “I’m just kidding around, so don’t get all judgy-pants on me.” Of course, this type of behavior just made accusations of hipster-ness fly off the handle. When it really comes down to it though, we all know that having fun shouldn’t be a crime. That is why Captain Ahab has declared The End of Irony. In fact, that’s what their fucking new album is called! It’s called The End of Irony.
Do you love Powermetal even though it is just for thirtysomething LARPers? Well, good for you! Shout it to the sky! Do you like shaking your ass to some Electro-Clash even though your neighbor scoffs because you forgot it’s called Nu-Rave now. Well fuck names! Do you want to cuddle in the morning sunlight to some 70’s Soft Rock, but your sweetie-pie thinks you’re making fun of him/her? Dude, making love is awesome, and sometimes being sappy isn’t a bad thing! Captain Ahab knows how you feel. They love all these criminalized sounds and many more, and they combine them in a way that irony would never permit. There is serious commitment going on here. Commitment to making epic songs that defy expectation, trends, and any sort of cool-factor. But we’re not talking about some lazy mash-up album, here. They have composed these songs from scratch. The album creates a meticulous and sweeping cosmology that would satisfy even the headiest of 70’s prog heshers. Captain Ahab is fucking committed to freeing your soul! No short cuts on this album. Is that a live guitar player? Yeah, duh! Every band has one of those. So what do you think of this live orchestra then? How about this master sitar player flown out from India to play in a room next to a guy with a modular synthesizer the size of the WOPR. These songs are the real deal, passionate and unafraid. They’re the result of Captain Ahab’s dedication to their audience. If you are ready to be set free, then your lucky day has come. All you need to do is LISTEN!
Captain Ahab is Jonathan Snipes and Jim Merson from Los Angeles, CA. Jonathan writes, records, performs and produces the music, while Jim physicalizes the songs in live performance with aggressive “take off your pants” dancing action. They have appeared alongside No Age, HEALTH, Mika Miko, High Places and many others in the films ‘Live at the Smell’ & ‘40 Bands in 80 Minutes’ as well as shared stages with the likes of Kid606, Cylob, DAT Politics, Glass Candy, mc chris, John Frusciante, Richard Devine, and 3OH!3. In 2011 Captain Ahab will tour Australia and New Zealand for tours, as well as their eighth tour of the USA.