- For fans of: The Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, The Pogues
- “…they`ve never strayed far from their unique blend of Scottish folk and Spirit of `77 punk rock. Much like Boston`s Dropkick Murphys, there is ample bagpipe to be heard on any of The Real McKenzies` releases, which lends well to the band`s ear for melody.” – Absolutepunk
- “They’ve been busting out solid Celtic punk rock for over a decade, yet you’ll still find kids on the internet calling them out for ripping off bands like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, both of whom came out of the gates a few years after the McKenzies released their first album in 1996 and were doubtlessly influenced by the band’s sound and look.” – Exclaim Magazine
The Real McKenzies are not just a band. They are an unstoppable touring machine. A road-hardened crew of traveling minstrels, entertainers and vagabonds on a never-ending quest for good times.
For the past 20 years, this ferocious gang of miscreants has been captivating audiences around the globe with their addictive, uncompromising and undeniably heartfelt music. Featuring a diverse and insanely talented roster of musicians, The Real McKenzies draw on both acoustic and electric instruments to blend a potent concoction of classic punk, rock n' roll, hard folk and traditional Celtic influence. Anthemic guitars and soaring bagpipes play off each other as Paul McKenzie spins yarns of times long past and regales with tales of endless drunken revelries. Blistering punk rock boot stompers stand alongside passionate singalong ballads while good times and joyous camaraderie are all the order of the day.
Fueled by an insatiable need to share the McKenzies' gospel with the world, the boys are equally at home playing to 20,000 screaming football fans in the heart of Germany as they are to a few hundred punks in the dirtiest, darkest, most disreputable clubs of the Canadian wilderness. After more than two decades, 8 full-length albums, countless compilation appearances and singles, The Real McKenzies have earned a reputation that is second to none. They've shared the stage with Rancid, NOFX, Flogging Molly, The Misfits, Pennywise, Shane McGowan and Metallica just to name a few, all the while garnering new friends and fans along the way.
The last abum, Westwinds was packed to the brim with roaring, rollicking and epic tales that shanghai'd the listener on a thirteen song, sea-tossed journey through the wild and wonderful world of The Real McKenzies. Recorded over several months at Crabapple Downs by the phenomenal Steve Loree, Westwinds is a sonic shot of deliciousness delivered straight to your ear holes. From the unapologetic raised middle figure salute of "Fool's Road" to the hook-laden tongue-in-cheek "My Luck Is So Bad" to one of the most poignant and blood-pumping renditions of "Barrett's Privateers (Stan Rogers)" that you'll ever hear, this killer album is set to become an instant classic in the collections of both new and diehard fans alike.
And now they're back with Rats In The Burlap! Set for an April 2015 release, The Real McKenzies' ninth long-player that continues the tradition of blending classic Scottish/Celtic musicality with pure punkrock melodic badassery. Song themes run the gamut from the insanely glamorous world of international touring (Midnight Train To Moscow, Up On A Motorbike) to rebellious defiance in the face of tyranny (Who'd A Thought, You Wanna Know) to a hilariously heartwarming story of a cat who stole Paul McKenzie's haggis on Robbie Burns Day (Bootsy The Haggis-Eating Cat…duh). With fourteen loaded tracks of fortified McKenzies madness, Rats In The Burlap is a much needed breath of boozy-fresh air. Much like a fine single malt whisky, The Real McKenzies only get better with age.