Vancouver based Celtic punk pioneers, the Real McKenzies’ tales of debauchery are legendary. Just read Chris Walters’ book “Under the Kilt The Real McKenzies Exposed” for details.
And, with dropping their latest CD “Two Devils Will Talk,”on the Fat Wreck Chords record label, are sure to become even more so.
“We have a new band, with fresh livers. I love fresh meat,” said Real McKenzies frontman Paul McKenzie getting ready to disembark a ferry on Vancouver Island to join his bandmates for their first tour stop in Victoria. They will be touring non stop until November including Canada, U.S.A., a club tour of Europe including a visit to Scotland, another North American tour and back to Europe for a festival tour.
“We are planning to go to Scotland again, though we never make any money there. We just love being there,” he said.
The Real McKenzies, who include drummer Dan Stenning, Basque born piper Aspy Luison, return to Lethbridge, March 16 for what’s become their annual pre St. Patrick’s Day party, at Average Joes with baseball punks the Isotopes who share bassist Troy Jak and guitarist Dan Garrison with the Real McKenzies.
“They’re doing double duty, but they’re fit, they can handle it,” McKenzie said.
They are happy to be working with Fat Wreck Chords in the U.S. and Stomp Records in Canada for the new CD.
“They’re pretty hands off. They’ve helped us prepare for the tour,” he said, noting they are most excited to play Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas.
“We’re really pleased with the CD,” he said.
McKenzie noted he likes to tease Fat Wreck Chords founder Fat Mike, who is also bassist/ vocalist for punk band NOFX.
“He’s a good guy. I’ll tell jokes he won’t get at first then three hours later he’ll call and say ‘I just got that,’” McKenzie chuckled.
Staying fit and healthy is an important part of surviving a Real McKenzies tour.
“I do one on and one off. And I only drink beer, wine and whiskey. Nobody’s going to put fentanyl in a beer. What they do is scary. They’re even putting it in marijuana now,” McKenzie observed, adding he doesn’t touch anything if he doesn’t know where it’s from, and encourages bandmates to exercise the same prudence, though he can’t control their behaviour.
“Beer, wine and whiskey are better and it’s legal,” he said.
Eating healthy is important.