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PhillyCheeze’s Rock & Blues Reviews: #559 > The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer


2022 – The Harpoonist
& the Axe Murderer

By Phillip Smith; June 18, 2022

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It’s a rare occasion where a live
album is my first experience with a band’s music, and it turns me into an
instant fan.  Live at the King Eddy,
the latest release from The Harpoonist and the Axe Murder is definitely the
center point of one of those occasions.  The
Harpoonist is vocalist/harp player Shawn Hall.  The Axe Murderer is guitarist Matt Rogers.
 The two together with vocalists Andrina
and Dawn Pemberton, along with keyboardist Geoff Hilhorst
throw down one hell of a shindig at the historical King Edward Hotel in
Calgary.  That recorded performance
celebrates fifteen years of collaboration of playing the Blues, and it’s
absolutely wonderful.

“Cry a Little” trucks right
on in, and gets things off to a swinging start with a funky harp-laden groove
and whiskey-soaked vocals.
 I can’t help
but gush about the swamp-water soaked “Do Whatcha”.
  Between the whirling sounds of Hillhorst’s
organ and
Hall’s guttural yelps, the song takes glamourous dips into the
psychedelic realm.
  From their most
recent studio album
Apocalipstick, “Pretty Please” is a fiery, rambunctious
track which transforms the revival tent into a hot and sweaty blues tent,
bringing everyone to their feet.
Son”, another selection off the same studio album, is simply amazing.
  I love how the driving beat and funky riff takes
a cliff dive into another universe.
certainly no “Cats in the Cradle”.
for sure.
 Rogers cranks up the heat
on guitar for a cooking performance as
Hall goes all-in on “Get Out”
taking the blues to the brink of places I’ve never heard.
 This track does indeed tear the roof off the

Live at the King Eddy is an absolute eye-opener for me.   The musical chemistry shared between these
guys sure makes for some exquisite blues.  I hope I have the opportunity to catch them live
in concert one of these days, because I’m sure it would be a hell of a good


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