The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer performing in Prince Rupert

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer will make their debut performance in Prince Rupert later this month.

Up-and-coming band The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer will make their debut performance in Prince Rupert later this month as part of their Northern Exposure Tour.

“Anyone who enjoys blues, rock and soul would really enjoy this concert,” said Crystal Lorette, general manager of the Lester Centre of the Arts.

Kicking off in Prince Rupert on Feb. 7 and ending with a performance at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, the Northern Exposure Tour is in support of the group’s most recent album A Real Fine Mess.

The Vancouver-based duo consists of vocalist and harmonist Shawn Hall and guitarist Matthew Rogers, playing raw and primal blues while breathing a jolt of renewed energy into it.

“They’re a two piece but they really sound like a three piece because there’s a kick-drum in there, a harmonica and guitar,” said Lorette, adding the duo has outstanding harmonies.

“People are comparing them to the Black Keys and the White Strips.”

Recently nominated for a Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer’s influences range from blues musician Willie Dixon to the unique-sound of Jack White to American musician, songwriter and producer Danger Mouse.

“We are really lucky to have them,” said Lorette.

“They’ve been receiving incredible recognition … in the last few years.”

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer will perform at the Lester Centre in Prince Rupert on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchase at the Lester Centre of the Arts box office or Cook’s Jewellers.