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The Real McKenzies' brand of Scottish-influenced punk rock is no doubt original. Coming in somewhere between the Dropkick Murphys, Scottish folk music, and dirty, 1977-styled punk, this band — which plays in full Scottish regalia (yes, that includes the kilts) — is no doubt quite a treat live. The sound created on Loch'd & Loaded shows off the skills of both bagpipe players and then strikes in with some punk rock discord. Rowdy, snottish vocals sing songs of Scotland, partying, and drinking. Not entirely in depth, but good for those in high spirits; nevertheless, one has to wonder how far a band can go with a style such as this.


Formed: 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Real McKenzies do for Scottish folk music what the Pogues did for the traditional music of Ireland. They rev it up to a speed and power that approximate punk rock, but still maintain the melodic sense of the original sound, and sometimes use bagpipes and acoustic guitars to give it a taste of folkie authenticity, while the lyrics deal with the joys and tragedies of Scottish history, as well as the group's well-documented love of booze. The Real McKenzies were founded in Vancouver, British Columbia,...
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