The Real McKenzies, Killroy, Downtown Brown


Past Event

Location Info:

The Viper Room
8852 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA  90069
One of the world’s greatest Scottish punk bands isn’t really from Scotland. Instead, The Real McKenzies hail from Vancouver, Canada, but they’ve been mixing bagpipes with distorted guitars since 1992, long before Celtic punk became a trend. Frontman Paul McKenzie is the only remaining founding member, but The Real McKenzies’ sound — a mix of original songs and punked-up versions of traditional tunes — has remained the same throughout the many lineup changes. McKenzie howls into an approaching storm on such raving ditties as “Due West” and “Fuck the Real McKenzies” (“Fuck Flogging Molly, let’s tear off all their clothes,” he urges) on the group’s latest album, Two Devils Will Talk. It’s a fine, raging collection, but it doesn’t match the band’s best recording, 1998’s Clash of the Tartans, which paired hardcore blasts like “Thistle Boy” with the unexpectedly poignant grandeur of the seafaring ode “Mainland.”


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