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THE REAL MCKENZIES release new track; new album in March; massive tour announced!

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3 years after our successful interview with Gord Taylor, we’re proud to give you the newest tune from THE REAL MCKENZIES, one of Gord’s most recognizable endeavours. The celtic punks have debuted a new song from their upcoming album Two Devils Will Talk, to be released on March 3rd via Fat Wreck. It’s called “Due West”, and it’s available below! Play it loud and scroll down to see their upcoming dates in North America and Europe!

It I 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.

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!

Tour Dates:

March 02 – Victoria, BC Canada at Upstairs Cabaret w/ Isotopes
March 03 – Cumberland, BC Canada at The Waverley w/ Isotopes
March 04 – Vancouver, BC Canada at Rickshaw Theatre w/ Isotopes
March 09 – Orlando, FL at Will’s Pub
March 10 – Miami, FL at Churchills Pub
March 11 – St Augustine, FL at Celtic Music Festival Celtic Music Festival
March 12 – St. Augustine, FL at Celtic Music Festival Celtic Music Festival
March 15 – Kelowna, BC Canada at The Well w/ Isotopes
March 16 – Lethbridge, AB Canada at Average Joe’s w/ Isotopes
March 17 – Calgary, AB Canada at Dicken’s w/ Isotopes
March 18 – Edmonton, AB Canada at Starlite Room w/ Isotopes
March 19 – Red Deer, AB Canada at Int. Beer Haus & Stage w/ Isotopes
March 22 – Regina, SK Canada at The Exchange w/ Isotopes
March 23 – Winnipeg, MB Canada at The Windsor w/ Isotopes
March 24 – Saskatoon, SK Canada at Amigos w/ Isotopes
March 25 – Grande Prairie, AB Canada at Better Than Fred’s w/ Isotopes
April 20 – Berlin, Germany at SO36
April 21 – Cologne, Germany at Underground
April 22 – Neunkirchen , Germany at Ant Attack Festival
April 23 – Freiburg i.B., Germany at Walfisch
April 24 – Freiburg i.B., Germany at Walfisch
April 25 – Stuttgart , Germany at Universum
April 26 – Ütrecht , Germany at dB’s
April 27 – Frankfurt, Germany at Das Bett
April 28 – Villarrobeldo , Spain at Vinarock
May 03 – Dresden, Germany at Chemiefabrik
May 04 – Prague, Czech Republic at Rock Cafe
May 05 – Vienna, Austria at Arena
May 06 – Pilsen, Czech Republic at Buena Vist Club
May 07 – Hamburg, Germany at Jolly Roger Stage at Hafenfest
May 10 – Nürnberg , Germany at Z-Bau
May 11 – Arnheim , Netherlands at WillemEn
May 12 – Sneek, Netherlands at Bolwerk
May 13 – Bochum, Germany at Die Trompete
May 26 – Costa Mesa, CA at Tiki Bar w/ Brick Top Blaggers
May 31 – München , Germany at Strom
June 05 – Reims , France at Le Dropkick
June 07 – Nantes, France at Scene Michelet
June 08 – Geneva, Switzerland at Kalvingrad
June 10 – Linz, Austria at Auerhahn
July 28 – Kurzen Trechow , Germany at Nopperhof Festival
August 04 – Blackpool , UK at Rebellion Festival
August 05 – Düffel , Belgium at Brakrock Ecofest
August 25 – Niedergörsdorf , Germany at Spirit Festival
August 26 – Brinntal , Italy at Celtic Festival

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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