The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are just finishing up ten weeks of touring North America in support of their just released third long player A Real Fine Mess. The duo will bring its jaw dropping live show to Nova Scotia after an appearance at The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in New Brunswick next week ahead of performances at The Americana Music Festival in Nashville. Today they have announced October dates in western Canada that will include stops in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and more before heading home for their official album release show in Vancouver at The Commodore Ballroom on November 8.
“A Real Fine Mess is a burning, energetic album wall to wall with material that will lodge deep inside your head. …pure pop perfection” Pop Matters
“an innovative high-water mark for two-person combos. … 14 fabulous tracks.” Winnipeg Free Press
“a truly fresh take on a whole mess of old sounds.” The Georgia Straight
“a gritty and funky treat …swiftly becoming known as one of the country’s top live blues acts.” Exclaim!
“a mashup of good-times bar blues, old-fashioned Chuck Berry-style rock and roll and Talking Heads-like funk breakdowns” NOW Magazine
“inventive and infectious” RMR
“The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer’s gritty mix of folk-steeped rock and soul blends to create ‘blues that gets you in the crotch” The Gauntlet
“A Real Fine Mess promises to embed the harpoon and bury the axe in the body of popular rock and roll” Verb
“With a name like The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Vancouver-based duo is some sort of concept group based on a hypothetical love story between Captain Ahab and Lizzie Borden.” (Chris Oke, Yukon News) In reality, Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers evoke much more than just grisly nautical imagery. Armed with a sack of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn Telecaster, the duo kick out raw and primal blues in the tradition of a ‘decades-deep blues style’ (Scott Brown, What’s up Yukon), while infusing the genre with a jolt of renewed energy.
Released on June 17, their new album, A Real Fine Mess was recorded in both Vancouver and Nanaimo and born over 8 floatplane rides, 18 ferry trips, and a barrage of texts and email arguments. The album itself explores complicated dichotomies; like how one’s life can appear successful on one hand, yet be clouded by doubt and struggles on the other and how all that is celebrated hangs in the balance with the potential to fall apart at any moment.
Hall and Rogers have received considerable recognition in the last few years. They were nominated for four Maple Blues Awards and won ‘Blues Act of the Year’ at the SiriusXM Indies in 2013. The duo has also pounded their fair share of festival stages including SXSW, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, and Montreal Jazz Fest. Along the way they’ve shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Booker T Jones, David Wilcox, Mother Mother, and The Sheep Dogs. They’ve also had songs featured on television shows such as the ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Blue Bloods’, and the aptly named TV movie ‘Lizzie Borden Took An Axe’.
The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer have been crisscrossing the continent since mid-June and have laid down acclaimed performances at Northern Lights Festival, Keloha Festival, Ness Creek Festival, Hillside Festival, Burnaby Roots & Blues, Regina Folk Festival and more. Next week they be heading to the Canadian east coast and then Nashville while in October they will make stops across western Canada ahead of their official album release show at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.
THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER TOUR DATES
Sep 12-14 – Fredericton, NB – Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
Sept 15 – Halifax, NS – The Carleton
Sept 16 – Truro, NS – Nook and Cranny
Sep 17-21 – Nashville, TN – Americana Music Festival
Oct 4 – Chilliwack, BC – Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Oct 5 – Vernon, BC – Performing Arts Centre
Oct 8 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
Oct 9 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct 10 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub
Oct 11/12 – Edmonton, AB – Up and Downtown Festival
Oct 13 – Jasper, AB – Jasper Legion
Oct 15 – Canmore, AB – Miners Hall
Oct 16 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
Oct 17 – Lethbridge, AB – Geomatic Attic
Oct 18 – Nelson, BC – Hume Hotel
Nov 8 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
ARTIST SITE: http://www.harpoonistaxemurderer.com/
MANAGEMENT SITE: http://www.tonicrecords.com/
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