Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Harponist & The Axe Murderer - 2014 - A Real Fine Mess

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are a two piece blues band consisting of Shawn 'the Harpoonist' Hall on vocals and harp and Matthew 'the Axe Murderer' Rogers on guitar and drums though this album features a plethora of female backing vocals and keyboards courtesy of Tom Heuckendorff. A Real Fine Mess is their third LP. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing them play the Kitchener Blues Festival in 2013 when they were touring Checkered Past and was completely and utterly blown away. This is classic, old school Muddy Waters & Willie Dixon style blues but run through a modern filter adding plenty of soul on the way. Easily one of the best albums of the year regardless of genre. Here is where I would list my favourite song but literally every single song on this LP is awesome in it's own way. If you like blues or rock and roll in any capacity The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer's A Real Fine Mess will serve well, highly recommended.