Up the seapunks

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  • Jeffrey Kilmer
While seapunk's true home will always be the Internet, the upstart scene-slash-meme has been making an increasing number of incursions into the IRL world. Recently banner carriers Zombelle and Ultrademon played what's supposed to have been New York City's first seapunk party, and while they were out there they talked to Ben Detrick, who then profiled them and the seapunk movement for last Friday's New York Times, marking a new level of mainstream exposure for the sub-sub-subculture.

The other day at our regular Magic: The Gathering gathering, I asked Ultrademon and Zombelle how they felt about being written up in the Times, and they expressed some ambivalence. On one hand there's a certain sense of accomplishment in attracting the Times's notice, but on the other hand the article compares them to LOLcats and Pedobear. On a third hand, they were unreservedly psyched about finally making it onto Hipster Runoff.

In case you're interested in an in-the-flesh seapunk experience, Zombelle, Ultrademon, repatriated Chicagoan Johnny Love, and Dark Wave Disco's Greg Corner have started throwing a weekly party called Easy at the VFW hall in Wicker Park.

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