By Lethbridge Herald on March 13, 2014.
Kilts. Whiskey. Rock.
That, in a nutshell, sums up The Real McKenzies.
The Vancouver-based band is an institution in Canada, known for high-energy shows and a unique brand of Celtic punk rock, which has taken the band all over Canada and throughout Europe. Tomorrow night, the band’s Canadian tour brings the McKenzies to Lethbridge for a Friday-night show at Scores.
Frontman Paul McKenzie and crew promise a show covering a wide range of material, complete with everything one would expect from a St. Patrick’s Day themed gig.
“What we’re doing is sort of a mish-mash of everything, from old to new stuff,” he said, of a music catalogue that dates back to 1995’s self-titled debut to 2012’s Westwinds, the band’s newest release. “It’s very high energy and we’ve got three and four-part harmonies going on, so it’s pretty cool.”
Montreal-based band, Boids, is also on the bill for Friday’s Shamrocks and Shenanigans Bash. The McKenzies finish up the Alberta portion of the tour March 18 in Red Deer, keeping with the theme of shows in small venues.
“The intimacy of the rock shows in smaller cities is cool,” said McKenzie, who added the large festivals have their place too, though he enjoys the fan interaction experienced in cities like Lethbridge.
Soon after the dust settles in Alberta, the band will be off to San Francisco to work on a new album, with recording slated for April. McKenzie added a European tour will follow, which will include a number of large summer festivals.
Tickets for Friday night’s Lethbridge show are on sale for $20, available at Scores and all Gas King locations. Doors open tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
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