The Real McKenzies
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The Real McKenzies

The Real McKenzies
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The Real McKenzies playing at Hedon in Zwolle (Netherlands)
Background information
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresCeltic punk
LabelsFat Wreck Chords, Sudden Death, Honest Don's
  • Paul McKenzie
  • Aspy Luison
  • Troy Zak
  • Jono Jak
  • Dan Garrison
  • Dan Stenning
  • Andrew Pederson
See below

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.


Founding member Paul McKenzie has been the only consistent member 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 and "Bourne and MacLeod".

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.

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 7, 2015 Fat Wreck Chords released The Real McKenzies' 11th album, Rats in the Burlap.

Their previous album, Westwinds, was released on March 27, 2012 with Fat Wreck Chords.

A biography of the band, written by Chris Walter and titled Under the Kilt: The Real McKenzies Exposed, was released in early 2015.[6]

Music in Commercials

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

Music in popular culture

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 cover of the Turbonegro song "Sailor Man" appeared in the 2003 video game Tony Hawk's Underground[10] and the first volume of the Elementality skateboarding videos. Each year, The Real McKenzies version of "Auld Lang Syne" is used as the countdown music on the New Year's Eve edition of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman's live podcast Hollywood Babble-On.[11]

Band members




  • 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

  • "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)
  • "Stephen's Green" (2015)
  • "Due West" (2017)
  • "Seafarers" (2017)
  • "One Day" (2018)


See also


  1. ^ "Canadian stories fuel Real McKenzies' songs". The Georgia Straight - Vancouver News and Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Interview: Paul McKenzie of The Real McKenzines". Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "The Real McKenzies". Vue Weekly. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "The Real McKenzies to bring new all Canadian line up back to Lethbridge". Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Tonight is our last show of the tour.... - The Real McKenzies - Facebook". Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ " - GFY Press". Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Interview: Paul McKenzie of The Real McKenzines". Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Stone of Destiny (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Carmilla, the Lesbian Vampire (Video 2004)". IMDb. April 13, 2004. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "The Real McKenzies". IMDb. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Hollywood Babble-On". SModcast. Retrieved .

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