The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer- Live at the King Eddy review

The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer Live at the King Eddy Tonic Records

Truly, not my thing. I just haven’t enjoyed the music this outfit has released over the last decade-plus.

The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers, receive lots of non-mainstream airplay as well as festival slots, and appear to draw well from an established fanbase.

I just don’t get it.

There is no question that their music has energy, and this live set culled from a 2019 Calgary King Eddy residency presents the group at their best. I’m sure most everyone who hears the album will love it.

Except me.

All the songs have previously been recorded by the group on albums or singles, and while they benefit from the live treatment, I would argue this is largely due to the vocal presence of Dawn Pemberton and Andrina Turenne. Collectively, they are the album’s sole redeeming feature.

I find the harmonica playing unimaginative and repetitive, the guitar playing equally unimpressive, the lead vocals grating, and the lyrics and songs as unmemorable as track seven on every Van Morrison album since 1975.

I don’t get it. You are welcome to.

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