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The Real McKenzies

The Real McKenzies: 10,000 Shots10,000 Shots (2005)
Fat Wreck Chords

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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The Real McKenzies are a group of Scottish drunks who live in Canada. They play music that is as much Bad Religion and Social Distortion as it is traditional highland fare, and they wear kilts when they grace a stage. As strange as these combinations may seem, the McKenzies know how to rock. On 1.
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The Real McKenzies are a group of Scottish drunks who live in Canada. They play music that is as much Bad Religion and Social Distortion as it is traditional highland fare, and they wear kilts when they grace a stage. As strange as these combinations may seem, the McKenzies know how to rock.

On 10,000 Shots, the band's Fat debut, they stumble, slur, and stomp their way through a batch of sometimes sentimental, sometimes fun, and always rocking songs. As mentioned above, the more mid-tempo numbers recall Social Distortion's working class tone, while the faster-paced tracks and fiery lead guitar work sound like Bad Religion. What gives the McKenzies their own sound however is their Scottish roots. This is most obvious in the use of bagpipes and a snotty Scottish vocal delivery, but also comes through in the melodies and lyrics (some of which are traditional) that beg to be sung along to with a drink in your hand.

By this point (their third full-length) the McKenzies have a well-honed sound and are able to keep things a bit more interesting than other bands that incorporate traditional elements. "Best Day Until Tomorrow" could pass for a song by the Explosion as it rocks completely sans bagpipe, while "Pour Decisions" offers criss-crossing bagpipe and guitar leads and what may be the best melody on the album, and songs like "Bugger Off" and the title track are simple but highly effective punk rock songs with a bit of acoustic guitar thrown in. Even the album's instrumental, "The Ale Is Dear," keeps things fresh thanks to some great bass work that runs around underneath the dominant bagpipes.

Still, the Mckenzies aren't always on their A game here. "I Hate My Band" might have some killer classic rock licks, but the weak lyrics and ho-down bass line make it a little hard to take seriously, while "13" seems to dabble in a bit too much AC/DC style rock and includes a screamy wah solo that just sounds out of place.

As might be expected, combining traditional Scottish music and punk rock leads to a good time. Both genres have a tradition for crafting singalongs and 10,000 Shots doesn't disappoint with its drunken anthems.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES THIS IS AMAZING!
i love this album...however, The Catalpa and the song about the Tailor are GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT...and yes, i realise i just typed like a 7th grader. O___o

GlassPipeMurder (August 30, 2005)

This album is just great. Way catchier than most of the irish stuff. Not to knock any DkM or Flogging Molly, but this album just seems more sincere.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

How old is the singer...I remember seeing them on the Fat Tour two years ago and thinking he was old, then on one of the songs he mentions being 53.

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

I like this album.

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

Yeah, but it's just funny because SD grew up in the suburbs and hardly originated "mid-tempo hardcore" or whatever. It's Oi!, and this band is definitely Oi! influenced. You know who else is? Swingin' Utters. And Bouncing Souls.

-Will

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

worst band ever?

rkl (August 27, 2005)

bsd, you should know better than to mention oi! on this site.
...its not pretty enough for the scenester fucks who run the asulym.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

This is one of the best cd's of the year so far. Certainly the best album from Fat Wreck Chords this year.

If you like really catchy fast melodic punk you'll like this. They really rock out on the bagpipes this time around too.

I like this cd better than any Flogging Molly, Bouncing Souls or DKM album.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

I'm being generous when I say it's worth a listen. I would download the songs, not buy it...... It's ok, but gets stale quick.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Working class ethic of Social Distortion? Dude, that's all Oi!... Nothing to do whatsoever with SD.

-Will

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"to the guy two posts below who hasnt learned to properly cut and paste...what the hell are you talking about with your punk points and shit? what in my comment made you think i care about all that and when you were listening to rkl?

besides, saying you listened to them in high school doesnt mean shit. for all i know, that coulda been this afternoon..on your ipod mini ..on the way to summer school

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com"

i got the cut & paste right.

and you know what doesn't mean shit? a war of words between 2 punks.

so i bow out. sorry. let's move on.

-that guy from 2 posts back or whatever."

Uhhhh,,,,,,I wrote my comment before I read the article and saw any of the comments entered. Just saying I live a couple blocks from ian, seriously,,,,,just a joke.

I think you spend toooooo much time on this site.

and for the record JONES THE BONES?!?!, that RKL comment was from someone else ASSWIPE!

"All up in the Kool Aid and don't even know the FLAVOR!!!"

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

lets not forget that the Tossers are golden.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"I don't know if we ever needed this band, there's already Flogging Molly and DKM's on top of this."

"The Real McKenzies have been going for a few years longer than either of those bands"

I know all that but at least DKM had that one good album "Do or Die" and Flogging Molly well..... and Real Mckenzies hmmm?

So maybe there's a possibilty DKM will make another good album one day....hmmm

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Aren't the Real McKenzies just a bunch of Canadian drunks with fake Scottish accents?

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"I don't know if we ever needed this band, there's already Flogging Molly and DKM's on top of this."

The Real McKenzies have been going for a few years longer than either of those bands.

rkl (August 26, 2005)

real mackenzies dont sound all that much like flogging molly, who have more of an irish feel.

as for dkm, theyve only had one good album, and theres no chance of duplicating it, so its not like theyve set the bar real high.

adam (August 26, 2005)

I think I liked "Oot & Aboot" better. At least it seems more memorable to me. The song "Pour Decisions" on here is awesome.

-adam

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Sorry, about the third album thing, the press release from Fat only mentioned their previous two.

Matt

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

I don't know if we ever needed this band, there's already Flogging Molly and DKM's on top of this. I dunno i could take this more then say mad caddies but man.......

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Actually like this a ton on the first listen through, lukewarm since then. Vocals just seem like a blur throughout. I count this as their 6th album BTW.
1.Real Mckenzies
2.Clash of the Tartans
3.Loch'd & Loaded
4.Pissed Tae Th' Gills(live)
5.Oot & Aboot
6.10,000 Shots

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

wow, what a mess.

ElVaquero (August 26, 2005)

Sigh...

ElVaquero (August 26, 2005)

Way to go, parentheses!

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=AD FEAEE57C1DDD47A87720C99D2D56C0A767D20ED342F38250234558C09D0243BF0 05EC672E9D1D2B3FC6AB679AFFA62A5500DDBC0EF50ECAD1B&searchlink=REAL MCKENZIES&uid=CAW030508260128&sql=11:r1uf6j7871w0~T2

ElVaquero (August 26, 2005)

I believe this surprisingly their fifth album (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE57C1DDD47A 87720C99D2D56C0A767D20ED342F38250234558C09D0243BF005EC672E9D1D2B3 FC6AB679AFFA62A5500FD3C0EE53ECAD1B&searchlink=REAL MCKENZIES&uid=CAW030508260059&sql=11:7267gjero6ic~T2).

But I liked the review. As Brian said, no need to drag any other band into it, though I believe the McKenzies are the only ones with a Scottish motif (most people can't separate Ireland from Scotland for some reason). Simple, described the sound, gave a fair score and a real reason for it. Nice work!

inagreendase (August 26, 2005)

Score is for managing to write a good review of these guys without mentioning Dropkick or Fl. Molly.

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