There once was an era when records were made in castles, abandoned airplane hangars, barns, or on a yacht off the coast of the Bahamas, its passengers as high as paper kites. This is not that record! It is an album that came together from the desire for companionship, the endless pursuit of tone, the strength and glue of family, and above all, the love and admiration for each other’s skills. Whether it was operating a tape machine with Jedi precision, creating meals that fuelled us, or belting out glass shattering ohs and ahs, it was the elbow grease of many individuals that brought this project to life.
– The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
Famed by psychedelic landscapes and world-ending jam-outs, The Harpoonist & The Axe
Murderer ignite the gritty, blues-rock grooces they have been recognized for by adding
drummer John Raham (The Be Good Tanyas) and keyboardist Geoff Hilhorst (The Deep Dark
Woods) into the melting pot as well as the golden voices of Dawn Pemberton, Andrina Turenne,
Alexa Dirks (Begonia), Ben Rogers, Khari Wendell McClelland, Erik Nielsen and Ricardo Khayatte.
Add equal parts soulful, sweaty vocals, and biting guitar and you have an album perfect for any
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are relentless touring artists known for their high-energy,
sweaty, dance-floor-boogying performances. They have recently toured the UK with St. Paul &
The Broken Bones, the EU with Dr. Dog and XIXA and the US with Tinariwen. They have also
shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Booker T Jones, Mother Mother, The Sheepdogs, and Serena
Ryder and have played their fair share of festivals including: Winnipeg Folk Fest, Ottawa Blues
Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Festival D’Ete de Quebec, and
Regina Folk Festival.
2017 saw the band bringing their bed of chaos to a festival, hinterland and
city near you with Apocalipstick, their latest release.