The Real McKenzies

It can be said, without any exaggeration, that The Real McKenzies are a
national treasure.
Founded in 1992 by the larger than life, punkrock 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.

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 bliss. The songs are rebellious, poignant and achingly heartfelt
with an extra helpings 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 USA , Europe and Canada 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!

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