Rock and roll meets deep blues

Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers say they’re making blues for a changing world

THE HARPOONIST AND the Axe Murderer combines rock and roll swagger with decades-deep blues style. They play Nov. 29 at the Waverley.

“With a name like the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Vancouver-based duo is some sort of concept group, based on a hypothetical love story between Captain Ahab and Lizzie Borden.” — Chris Oke, Yukon News

In fact, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer is more like a sweaty fling between a sack full of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a very greasy Telecaster.

Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers say they’re making blues for a changing world, but a fan put it even better: this is ‘blues that gets you in the crotch.’

Combining the raw swagger of bands like the Black Keys and the White Stripes with a deep love for the roots of the genre, HAM reminds us that this kind of music was always supposed to talk to our nether regions.

And if a lot of the blues made today seems a little limp, HAM finds its answer in the innovation that was at the heart of greats like Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell and Muddy Waters.

For details about the band, see www.harpoonistaxemurderer.com and www.facebook.com/harpaxe.

Tickets for their Nov. 29 show at the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland are at Bop City, the Waverley Hotel and online at cumberlandvillageworks.com.

— Cumberland Village Works

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