The Real McKenzies

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The Real McKenzies
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The Real McKenzies playing at Hedon in Zwolle (Netherlands)
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia
Genres Celtic punk
Years active 1992–present
Labels Fat Wreck Chords, Sudden Death, Honest Don's
Members Paul McKenzie: Vocals
Mark Boland: Guitar, Vocals
Mario Nieva: Guitar, Vocals
Troy Zak: Bass, Vocals
Jesse Pinner: Drums
Gord Taylor: Bagpipes
Aspy Luison: Bagpipes (Touring)
Past members Alan MacLeod
Anthony Walker
Kurt Robertson
Rob Esch
Brent Johnson
Brian O'Brian
Rich Priske
Glenn Kruger
Jamie McFuzzybutt
Matt MacNasty
Karl Alvarez
Dave Gregg
Joe Raposo
Sean Sellers
Justin Burdick
Gord Taylor
Boz Rivera

The Real McKenzies is a Canadian Celtic punk band founded in 1992 and based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are one of the founders of the Celtic punk movement, albeit 10 years after The Pogues.[1]

In addition to writing and performing original music, Real McKenzies perform traditional Scottish songs, giving them a new punk-influenced sound. They have shared stages with many other bands including Rancid, Shane MacGowan,[2] DragStrip Riot, NOFX, Flogging Molly, Xcrosscheckx, The Misfits, Metallica, and Voodoo Glow Skulls.

The band is well-known to routinely express public gratitude for the popularity they've earned throughout their decades of active service as a band. Their sincerity and integrity is often a highlight in conversation and is regularly demonstrated by their extreme congeniality and welcoming attitude to promoters, accommodations and especially their fans. Many incidents have been documented in which the band facilitates special needs and less-fortunate patrons, for example, personally helping to ensure wheelchair-bound guests can see the show (often bringing wheelchairs right up on stage), and granting VIP passes for fans who can't afford to attend. The band also receives heartfelt accolade for making themselves available for signing autographs near or far, personally responding to fans' questions or comments online and making a point to ensure that after every concert all guests in attendance have their expectations exceeded, and feel their ticket money was well-spent.


Past members[edit]

Founding member Paul McKenzie has been the only consistent members of the band since its inception. McKenzie claims as many as 100 different musicians have performed as members of the band.[3] Of considerable note is piper Alan "Raven" MacLeod, of the pioneering Scottish folk band The Tannahill Weavers.

McKenzie said in 2014 that he "fired all the Americans" in the band and returned to full Canadian lineup.[4] Despite that claim, Aspy Luison,is from Cambre, Galicia, Spain.

New Album (2015)[edit]

In September 2014 the band announced they would be recording their next album for Fat Wreck Chords at Motor Studio in San Francisco.[5] Michael "Fat Mike" Burkett will be producing the album.

On April 07, 2015 Fat Wreck Chords released The McKenzies 11th Album entitled Rats in the Burlap.

Contrary to most long-running bands, reviews of Rats in the Burlap and Westwinds (see below) indicate that fans and casual listeners alike, believe the musical talent of The Real McKenzies has continually evolved, delivering a higher and higher standard of musical output from the group, well-into their third decade of musicality.

Their previous album,Westwinds, was recorded in Nanton, Alberta and was released on March 27, 2012 by Fat Wreck Chords and continues to receive global acclaim as a tremendous, full display of the McKenzies instrumental and vocal talents.


It has been rumored that the band is planning a double album for their 25th anniversary as Scottish Canadian ambassadors and troubadours.

In Print[edit]

A biography of the band, written by Chris Walters and tentatively titled "Up Yer Kilt With the Real McKenzies" is slated for release in late 2014 or early 2015.[6]

Music in Commercials[edit]

In the 1990s, the Real McKenzies music was used by InBev to promote the Kokanee beer.[7]

Music in Popular Culture[edit]

Their song "Tae the Battle" appeared in the 2008 British-Canadian film Stone of Destiny.[8] Their song "Wild Cattieyote" appeared in the 2004 straight-to-video release of Vampires vs. Zombies (also called Carmilla the Lesbian Vampire).[9] Their song "Sailor Man" appeared in the 2004 video game Tony Hawk's Underground[10]



  • Pissed Tae Th' Gills, 2002


  • Short Music for Short People, 1999
  • Alpha Motherfuckers - A Tribute To Turbonegro, 2001
  • Agropop Now, 2003
  • "Floyd:..And Out Come The Teeth" A free Fat Wreck Chords compilation CD handed out at the Fat tent on the 2001 Warped Tour
  • SHOT SPOTS-Trooper Tribute. On Visionary Records.
  • Live From Europe, Deconstruction Tour 2003. DVD

Music Videos[edit]

  • "Mainland" (1998)
  • "Drink Some More" (2008)
  • "Chip" (Live) (2008)
  • "The Maple Trees Remember" (2009)
  • "Culling the Herd" (2011)
  • "My Luck Is So Bad" (2012)
  • "Catch Me" (2015)


See also[edit]

External links[edit]


[12] [13]==References==

  1. ^ "Canadian stories fuel Real McKenzies' songs". The Georgia Straight - Vancouver News and Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Paul McKenzie of The Real McKenzines". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Real McKenzies". Vue Weekly. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Real McKenzies to bring new all Canadian line up back to Lethbridge". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tonight is our last show of the tour.... - The Real McKenzies - Facebook". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ " - GFY Press". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Interview: Paul McKenzie of The Real McKenzines". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Stone of Destiny (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Carmilla, the Lesbian Vampire (Video 2004)". IMDb. April 13, 2004. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Real McKenzies". IMDb. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Catch Me / The Real Mckenzies". 1001 Records. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  12. ^ Faulkner, Colee. "RATS IN THE BURLAP". The Punk Site. The Punk Site. 
  13. ^ Org, Punk News. "Westwinds Review". Punk News. Retrieved 24 April 2012.