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 aren’t 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 and Stomp (Canada), 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 revolutionary fire. 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 the 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.
Watch the official video for “Due West” below:
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 2017. 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!
Catch The Real McKenzies on tour in Canada!
With Raygun Cowboys as support.
16-May-17 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog
17-May-17 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah
18-May-17 – London, ON – CTO
19-May-17 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre with Lagwagon!
20-May-17 – Arnprior, ON – St John Pub
21-May-17 – Montreal, QC – Pouzza Fest