The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are relentless touring artists known for their high-energy, sweaty, dance-floor-boogying performances. Otherwise known as HAM, the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer is Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers. Hall provides the rousing, rugged vocals and blues harmonica, while Rogers rips on the guitar and pounds the skins with his feet. The pair met and bonded over music while recording a radio jingle.
Their memorable name is inspired by a lyric from Kris Kristofferson’s Bobby McGee that references the blues harp, (“I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana”) and then “axe” being a common term for the guitar.
Their influences range from the iconic songwriting of Willie Dixon to the boundary pushing of Jack White and Danger Mouse. But, show organizers say their sound is distinctly their own, smothered in greasy, gritty soul and imbued with funk.
Elaborating, promoters call their music “unapologetic. It slaps you in the face and makes you sweat like it’s a sticky, summer night. It cuts you to the core. It’s the blues played the way it was meant to be played.”
The pair has received considerable recognition in the last few years. They have been nominated for multiple Maple Blues Awards and won blues act of the year at the SiriusXM Indies in 2013. They have also pounded their fair share of festival stages, including SXSW 2013/14, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, and Montreal Jazz Fest.
Along the way they’ve shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Booker T, Jones, David Wilcox, Mother Mother, The Sheep Dogs, and Serena Ryder. They’ve also had songs featured on television shows such as the The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and the TV movie Lizzie Borden Took An Axe.
Tickets: $32 Members, $37 Non-Members (+applicable taxes and fees) On sale June 7th!