The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
Oh brother what’s it all coming to?
Ain’t nobody left can sing the blues.
They just don’t make ‘em like they used to…
Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers evoke much more than just grisly nautical imagery. Armed with an arsenal of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn Telecaster, the duo kick out raw and primal blues and infuse it with a jolt of raw energy.
The two met and bonded over music while recording a radio jingle. Their name is inspired by a Kris Kristofferson lyric (‘I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana’) and ‘axe’, a common term for the guitar.
Their influences are a blues-mile wide, but their sound is distinctly their own, smothered in greasy, gritty soul and imbued with funk. Shawn Hall provides the rousing, rugged vocals and blues harmonica, while Matthew Rogers rips on the guitar and pounds the skins with his feet. Their unapologetic music slaps you in the face, makes you sweat and cuts you to the core.