SUMMER TOUR DATES BEGIN JUNE 15
“GET READY” VIDEO NOMINATED FOR LEO AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“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
PHOTO CREDIT : Jodie Ponto // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
This Summer, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, aka Shawn Hall and Matt Rogers, are hitting the road for a string of tour dates and festival stops that takes them clear across the country and back beginning on June 15. Full tour dates can be found below.
Recently, the BC duo was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards for Blues Artist Of The Year and Best Video Direction for “Forever Fool”. They were also nominated for a Leo Award for Best Music Video for their Mike Southworth directed video for “Get Ready”. Today, the band is sharing all the outtakes and bloopers from that video.
The 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."
Framed by psychedelic landscapes and world-ending jam-outs, they expanded the blues-rock grooves they have been recognized for on Apocalipstick 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'.
May 26 - Mexico City, MX - FIMPRO Festival Mexico
Jun 15 - Whitecourt, BC - Party in the Park Festival
Jun 21 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Jazz Festival
Jun 22 - Swift Current, SK - Long Days and Nights Festival
Jun 29 & 30 - Smithers, BC - Midsummer Festival
Jul 6 & 7 - Copenhagen, DN - Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Jul 10 - Bristol, UK - Rivertown Festival
Jul 14 - Mission, BC - Iron Mountain Festival
Jul 21 - Edmonton, AB - Taste of Edmonton
Jul 26 & 27 - Penticton, BC - Dream Cafe
Jul 28 - Golden, BC - Golden Sound Festival
Jul 31 - Lethbridge, AB - The Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival
Aug 10 - Toronto, ON - Yonge & Dundas
Aug 16 - Owen Sound, ON - Chi Cheemaun Ferry
Aug 17 & 18 - Owen Sound, ON - Summerfolk
Aug 19 - Aylmer, ON - Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic