For just two guys, axe player Matthew Hall and blues harpist Shawn Hall sure make a heck of a lot of noise. It’s grungy, grimy, overdriven bluesy noise at its finest. These two fine upstanding non-violent gentlemen from British Columbia have recorded four albums worth of high energy, full tilt, no-holds-barred blues rock. For their latest, Apocalipstick, they took the unlikely step of adding drummer John Raham (The Be Good Tanyas) and keyboard player Geoff Hilhorst (The Deep Dark Woods) to the lineup. The resulting psychedelic-tinged record is a take on a world on the verge of collapsing, but the pessimism is balanced with a full-blown blues party — or, as they describe it, “an album perfect for any doomsday date-night.” They’ve won awards and their songs have been on television programs but really, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer make their biggest impression onstage. They’ve played folk, jazz and blues festivals around the world where they shake things up with their high-energy, sweaty, dance-floor-boogying performances. They threaten to do the same here. It’s worth noting, though, that no one has been murdered or harpooned in the making of this music.
Biography by Eric Rosenbaum