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Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer - A Real Fine Mess

Format: CD
Label: private
Year: 2014
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre: blues
Value of Original Title: $15.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  http://harpoonistaxemurderer.bandcamp.com/album/a-real-fine-mess
Playlist: Blues, 2010's, British Columbia


Track Name
Black and Blue
Do Whatcha
Tea for Two
Mama's In The Backseat
Closer To Death
Feel Me Now
Don't Make 'em Like They Used To
My Paradise
In And Out Of Love
Sweat This Pain
Cry A Little
In The End
Act Your Age
A Real Fine Noise


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A Real Fine Mess


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A Real Fine Mess is the third album from The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, the follow-up to Checkered Past (2011). The new album explores complicated dichotomies, like how one’s life can appear successful on one hand, yet be clouded by doubt and struggles on the other and how all that is celebrated hangs in the balance with the potential to fall apart at any moment. Recently the band found themselves increasingly inspired not only by the electric ‘groove blues’ of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s but also by the music of their peers. A wee hours stairwell serenade led to unprecedented vocal collaborations and an awkwardly mismatched festival workshop made the two realize that they needed to ‘up their game’ as songwriters and lyricists. The recording came with its own challenges as Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matt “The Axe Murderer” Rogers live in different cities separated by 34 nautical miles of sea. 18 ferry trips, 3 missed flights, countless breakdowns, and a barrage of text and email arguments later A Real Fine Mess was born, like the offspring of a can-can dancer and an oil tycoon.

The players: Shawn Hall (vocals, harmonica), Matt Rogers (electric guitar, foot percussion), Tom Heuckendorff (organ), Andrina Turenne (vocals), Alexa Dirks (vocals), Dawn Pemberton (vocals), Langston Raymond (trumpet), Chris Startup (tenor sax), Brock Miller (tenor sax), Chad Makela (baritone sax).


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