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
There once was an era when records were made in castles, abandoned airplane hangars, barns, or on a yacht off the coast of the Bahamas, its passengers as high as paper kites. Apocalipstick is not that record! Due out March 24, Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matt ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers’ new album came together from the desire for companionship, the endless pursuit of tone, the strength and glue of family, and above all, the love and admiration for each other's skills. Whether it was operating a tape machine with Jedi precision, creating meals that fuelled us, or belting out glass shattering ‘ohs’ and ‘ahs’, it was the elbow grease of many individuals that brought this project to life.
The first single from Apocalipstick, “Get Ready” contrasts soul-drenched singers and a bouncy groove with words of warning for our uncertain times. “Matt's brother Ben Rogers first sang ‘Get Ready’ to us by the piano in the basement of my home,” says Hall. “It was instantly familiar to us and embodied this loose campfire like group vocal thing which carried right into the sessions with the girls. I think the beauty of this song is the impression of hopefulness it leaves you with while layered in a bed of chaos.”
Framed by psychedelic landscapes and world-ending jam-outs, The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer ignite the gritty, blues-rock grooves they have been recognized for by adding drummer John Raham (The Be Good Tanyas) and keyboardist Geoff Hilhorst (The Deep Dark Woods) into the melting pot as well as the golden sounds of Dawn Pemberton, Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks (Begonia), Ben Rogers, Khari Wendell, Erik Nielsen, and Ricardo Khayatte. Add equal parts soulful, sweaty vocals, and biting nasty guitar and you have an album perfect for any doomsday date-night.
Beginning February 16, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer will take Apocalipstick on the road this Spring through a string of tour dates across Canada with Monkey Junk, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Ryan McNally, and Leeroy Stagger.
Hall and Rogers have received considerable recognition in the last few years. Their previous album, A Real Fine Mess, was nominated for a JUNO Award as Blues Album of the Year, Video of the Year and Best Blues Album at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and the duo were also nominated for four Maple Blues Awards and won 'Blues Act of the Year' at the SiriusXM Indies in 2013. 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'.
Whether he's playing with his own solo band or other various outfits, he can't be kept off Canadian stages. Ryan puts most of his energy in his passion for studying acoustic traditional blues, jazz and old time music. McNally was raised in rural Quebec, south of Montreal along the U.S. boarder. He began pursuing music at the age of ten when he first picked up the guitar. In his late teens and early twenties he would seek out musicians he would hear at cafes and bars for lessons in finger style blues. He continues to work in studying with teachers into his schedule while he is performing on the road.