The Real McKenzies to take Canada by storm in March!

February 10, 2018

Celtic-punk-rock scallywags The Real McKenzies to take Canada by storm in March!


Everyone’s favourite kilted kings of Celtic badassery are set to descend on Canada for Saint Patrick’s month with label mates Raygun Cowboys and BOIDs along for the ride on select dates. You don’t want to miss this touring extravaganza as The Real McKenzies are renowned far and wide for their epically wild live performances where anything can happen and usually does. 



It can be said, without any exaggeration, that The Real McKenzies are a national treasure. 

Founded in 1992 by the larger than life, punk-rock poet laureate, Mr Paul McKenzie, this merry band of miscreants has spent a quarter century circumnavigating the globe to bring the McKenzies gospel to an ever-adoring throng of rebels, scallywags and ne’er do wells. There’s not many bands that can boast of a twenty five year career as staggeringly adventurous, wildly tempestuous and utterly death-defying as The Real McKenzies. It would be a serious mistake to write them off as just another Celtic punk band. They are an unstoppable juggernaut of touring mayhem. A ferocious troupe of insanely talented minstrels, storytellers and entertainers melding traditional acoustic and electric to create a sound like no other. Their list of accolades is long. From sharing the stage with the likes of NOFX, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Metallica and Shane McGowan to appearing in film, books and video games to signing with the legendary Fat Wreck Chords, their story continues to grow. 

And now, to celebrate their landmark twenty-fifth anniversary, The Real McKenzies return with their 10th and very best long-player to date. And that’s not hyperbole. This is an absolutely monumental giant of an album. "Two Devils Will Talk" is fourteen tracks of pure, unbridled audio revolution. The songs are rebellious, poignant and achingly heartfelt with an extra helping of Scottish charm and wit to boot. The recurring and very timely themes of Two Devils Will Talk are hope, perseverance and living your life to it’s fullest. Opening track “Due West” is an anthemic epic about moving forward and never looking back, while “Seafarers” is a rollicking tale that deals with accepting the fact that you can’t change how the waves roll, only how you roll through them. There’s even a glorious cover of Stan Rogers’ “Northwest Passage” and a spectacular reworking of “Scots Wha Ha'e” (one of the first ever Real McKenzies recordings). “Two Devils Will Talk” sees a resilient, triumphant and defiantly hopeful band at the very top of their game.

You may be asking yourself; how do I get in on what will surely be the party of the century? Well, fear not true believers, The McKenzies' ship will be embarking on massive tours across Canada, USA and Europe to bring the celebration to a stage near you in 2018. So raise a glass, raise a fist, or better yet, raise a little hell for twenty-five+ years of The Real McKenzies, and another one still for many more happy years to come!

For fans of: The Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, The Pogues

“For over two decades, The Real McKenzies have been spreading their unique brand of Scotch-Canadian “fuck the rich and drain your glass” Celtic punk rock. Over the years, there have been a slew of imitators trying to ride their coattails, but all have failed to match the humor and energy of the original.” – New Noise Magazine­


"The Real McKenzies do what they do best on this album. They have written a bunch of punk songs such as “One Man Voyage” and “One Day that have vibrant and anthemic vocal (and gang vocal) melodies mixed with blaring bagpipes on top of heavy-hitting, distorted guitars.” - Punknews


"I have to admit it was hard for me to pick a favourite song from this album. I listened to it for almost two days straight and from the magnificent cover of Stan Rogers’ “Northwest Passage” to the cheeky “Fuck the Real McKenzies” this album is just plain fun. There isn’t a bad song on it.” - CanadianBeats


"As always, The Real McKenzies deliver a prime example of the fun to be had in the raucous world of Celtic punk.  Two Devils Will Talk reinforces that the sands of time have done little to dull The Real Mckenzies sharp edge.” - The PunkSite



Tour dates:

03.01.18                        Cumberland, BC            The Waverly      
03.02.18                        Victoria, BC                  Upstairs Cabaret           
03.03.18                        Vancouver, BC  Rickshaw Theatre  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.07.18                        Quebec, QC                  La Source  w/ BOIDS
03.08.18                        Montreal, QC                 Katacombes w/ Morgan, BOIDS
03.09.18                        Toronto, ON                  The Horseshoe w/ BOIDS
03.10.18                        Ottawa, ON                   Aberdeen Pavilion
03.11.18                        Peterborough, ON          Market Hall  w/ BOIDS
03.14.18                        Rossland, BC                The Flying Steamshovel  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.15.18                        Lethbridge, AB   Rocky Mountain Turf Club  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.16.18                        Edmonton, AB               The Union Hall  w/ Raygun Cowboys, Fire Next Time
03.17.18                        Calgary, AB                  Dicken’s Pub  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.18.18                        Red Deer, AB                Bo’s Bar & Grill  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.19.18                        Banff, AB                                  Wild Bills  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.20.18                        Regina, SK                   The Exchange  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.22.18                        Winnipeg, MB                Park Theatre  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.23.18                        Saskatoon, SK  Amigos Cantina  w/ Raygun Cowboys
03.24.18                        Grande Prairie, AB         Better Than Fred’s w/ Raygun Cowboys


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