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In the time leading up to their third studio album, British Columbia based duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer found themselves paying more and more attention to the “groove blues” of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s as well as the music of their peers. Eventually, the duo were so impacted by these influences that they decided to focus on improving their songwriting abilities for their next release. The result was the Juno-nominated album A Real Fine Mess.

Shortly after the release of the album, the duo, comprising of Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers, entered the International Songwriting Competition with their track “In and Out of Love” which won third place in the Blues category.

Inspired by their recent appreciation of lyricism and their 3rd place win in the ISC, Hall and Rogers have created a competition of their own called A Real Fine Melody Songwriting Contest. The goal of the competition is to find a special demo with the potential to become a professionally recorded track. The contest is simple, just enter a demo of an original song before the deadline of July 15 and you could win. The winning songwriter’s efforts will be awarded by two days of working personally with Rogers and Hall in North Vancouver, British Columbia along with some other included perks. These two days will include a songwriting workshop as well as the recording and mixing of your original track.

For more information on the songwriting contest, visit The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer’s website Also, be sure to listen to the duo’s latest track which is a remix of the song “Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To” from their 2014 release, A Real Fine Mess.