JUNO NOMINATED BC DUO’S APOCALIPSTICK OUT NOW
“Apocalipstick is a sonic triumph” - Exclaim!
“pull off the admirable trick of bringing something new to a famously
tradition-bound genre” - The Georgia Straight
“unique, rootsy, kicked-up soul songs …a fun, psychedelic fuzz” - VUE Weekly
“these guys kill it on this record” - Vancouver Sun
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Today, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, aka Shawn Hall and Matt Rogers, are revealing their new video from award winning director Mike Southworth for “Get Ready” from their latest album, Apocalipstick. The song 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.”
The BC duo’s latest album, Apocalipstick, "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,” claim The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer. “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."
Apocalipstick is framed by psychedelic landscapes and world-ending jam-outs. The JUNO Award nominated duo of The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, aka Shawn Hall and Matt Rogers, 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 McClelland, 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.
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'.
Aug 18 / 19 / 20 - Summerfolk - Owen Sound, ON
Sept 3 - Vancouver Island Blues Bash - Victoria, BC
Sept 14 - TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht, NL
Sept 16 - Louisiana - Bristol UK
Sept 17 - Brudnell Social Club - Leeds, UK
Sept 19 - Borderline - London, UK
Sept 22 - Reeperbahn - Hamburg, DE
Sept 23 - Beta - Copenhagen, DN
Sept 26 - Privatclub - Berlin, BE
Oct 3 - Apolo La2 - Barcelona, ES ^
Oct 4 - Ram Club La Rambleta - Valencia, ES ^
Oct 5 - Teatro Circo - Murcia, ES ^
^ with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah