US TOUR 2011

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!

mp3s: "Acting Hard" "I Don't Have a Dick" "Pornography"

 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. In 2011, They have already toured Australia and New Zealand. This will be their eighth tour of the USA.

Pitchfork reviews “Acting Hard”
Tiny Mixtapes reviews “The End of Irony” (USA version)
Prefix reviews “The End of Irony” (USA version)
Captain Ahab on the Vice Music Player
HEALTH really likes Captain Ahab

photo: Sarah Sitkin hi-res

Fri 1 - Oakland, CA @ Church Of The Buzzard
Sat 2 - Sacramento, CA @ The Hub
Sun 3 - Reno, NV @ Holland House
Mon 4 - Salt Lake City, UT@ Kilby Court
Tue 5 - Grand Junction, CO @ House Show
Wed 6 - Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
Thu 7 - Manhattan, KS @ Ghost Parlor
Fri 8 - Iowa City, IA @ The Wherehouse
Sat 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ tba
Sun 10 - Madison, WI @ tba
Mon 11 - Chicago, IL @ Pancho's
Tue 12 - Cincinnati, OH @ Mockbee
Wed 13 - off
Thu 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Shop
Fri 15 - Philladelphia, PA @ Cha Cha Razzi
Sat 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death by Audio
Sun 17 - Manhattan, NY @ Santo's Party House
Mon 18 - off
Tue 19 - Charlottesville, VA @ tba
Wed 20 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Thu 21 - Greensboro, NC @ Legitimate Business
Fri 22 - Johnson City, TN @ Hideaway
Sat 23 - Atlanta, GA @ 529atl
Sun 24 - Nashville, TN @ Betty's
Mon 25 (daytime) - St Louis, MO @ Apop (instore)
Mon 25 (nighttime) - St Louis, MO @ Cranky Yellow
Tue 26 - Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange
Wed 27 - Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
Thu 28 - Santa Fe, NM @ High Mayhem
Fri 29 - Tucson, AZ @ Hangart (The Real Coachella Fest)
Sat 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell

Wed 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Thu 12 - Portland, OR @ East End
Fri 13 - Seattle, WA @ Cairo
Sat 14 - Vancouver, BC @ tba
Sun 15 - Portland, OR @ tba
Mon 16 - off
Tue 17 - Boise, ID @ ColorCube
Wed 18 - Salt Lake City, UT@ The Loft
Thu 19 - Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
Fri 20 - Santa Fe, NM @ tba
Sat 21 - Flagstaff @ tba
Sun 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
Mon 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace

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If you would like to interview the band, or need further press material (photos, mp3s, etc), please contact: Brian