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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vancouver's The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer Roll With The Punches

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer Roll With The Punches

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2012; (Stratford, Ontario) – Vancouver’s edgy blues duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are not known for sticking to conventionality – their modern take on blues and roots music has been described as “‘blues that gets you in the crotch” and their dedication to preserving and promoting the blues has helped introduce the genre to younger fans all over the country.

Their recent CD release Checkered Past has been earning rave reviews and extensive airplay across North America since its release. “Checkered Past draws heavily from traditional blues avenues, but there’s some room for progression here as well Checkered Past is a great opportunity to hear The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer relentlessly carve out their own territory in a sea of familiar faces. They prove their point.” (Review by Tyler Quiring, Blues Rock Review)

Now, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer - Shawn Hall (The Harpoonist) and Matthew Rogers (The Axe Murderer) - have released an official video for the outstanding track ‘Roll With The Punches’. Produced with the assistance of MuchFact (a foundation to assist Canadian talent), directed/edited by Mike Southworth from Collide Entertainment and starring, along with Hall and Rogers, Vancouver blues artists Steve Kozak and Harpdog Brown. Kozak and Brown, both long-time fixtures on the blues scene in Vancouver, act as boxing coaches in the video, and are real-life mentors to Hall and Rogers in the music scene.

The video can be seen on YouTube at with embed links enabled.

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The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer add a fresh take to the roots music genre via contemporary lyrics and arrangements, but maintain traditional structures and emotion. A welcome addition to the Canadian blues and roots music scene.” - Holger Petersen, CBC Saturday Night Blues

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