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.
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.
Their current record from 2012 "Westwinds" is packed to the brim with roaring, rollicking and epic tales that shanghai 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.
In 2015, they are back to enter the stages with their 9th record “Rats in the Burlap” since their formation in 1992. Additional to this new album and an extensive tour in Canada, Europe and America during summer, there will be a biography named “Under the kilt: The Real McKenzies EXPOSED” released in spring by Chris Walter.
So 2016 should be a whirlwind of touring and playing some amazing shows with what they consider to be their best live line-up ever.
...much like a fine single malt scotch, The Real McKenzies only get better with age.