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 astound.
The last release "Two Devils Will Talk" is fourteen tracks of pure, unbridled audio bliss. The songs are rebellious, poignant and achingly heartfelt with an extra helpings of Scottish charm and wit to boot. "Two Devils Will Talk" sees a resilient, triumphant and defiantly hopeful band at the very top of their game.
The McKenzies' ship will be embarking on a Western Canadian tour with The Real Sickies to bring the celebration to a stage near you. 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!
What the press is sayin'
"The Real McKenzies are the rare outfit that improves with every album." – Punknews
"…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
"With just as many guitar licks as there are bagpipe melodies, The Real McKenzies have written thirteen songs that would get any punk crowd moving in a pit and make any old Scot raise a pint and smile." – The Punksite
05 Mar in Cumberland, BC, Canada @ Waverley Hotel
06 Mar in Victoria, BC, Canada @ White Eagle Polish Hall
07 Mar in Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Rickshaw Theatre
10 Mar in Kelowna, BC, Canada @ Sapphire
11 Mar in Rossland, BC, Canada @ The Flying Steamshovel
12 Mar in Golden, BC, Canada @ Rockwater Grill and Bar
13 Mar in Edmonton, AB, Canada @ The Starlite Room
14 Mar in Grande Prairie, AB, Canada @ Better Than Freds
15 Mar in Red Deer, AB, Canada @ The Krossing
16 Mar in Lethbridge, AB, Canada @ The Slice Bar And Grill
17 Mar in Calgary, AB, Canada @ Dickens
19 Mar in Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ Park Theatre
20 Mar in Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ Amigos Cantina
21 Mar in Regina, SK, Canada @ The Exchange
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