EXCLUSIVE: The Real McKenzies get political with the pit-starting “Who’d a Thought”

The Real McKenzies

Make no bones about it: The Real McKenzies are as punk as they come. They’ll never turn down a drink and have no problem wearing a kilt or two onstage, but they’re also not afraid to address the messed up sociopolitical situation in the world, as you can hear on “Who’d a Thought,” taken from their new album Rats In The Burlap, out April 7 on Fat Wreck Chords in the U.S./Europe and March 24 on Stomp in Canada. Frontman Paul McKenzie comments:

“The Real McKenzies wrote ‘Who’d a Thought’ for the political/social climate that people just like you and I are facing today and, even more so, in the future. One of my favorite all-time bands, the MC5, were the ones who first awakened political awareness within me at a very early age. That was back when tha ‘boil’ was already infected, but just coming to a head. Now that the ‘boil’ has burst, who is expected to clean it up? Who’d a thought? Know your opponent. Here’s to the MC5 and to the awakening of all individuals in terms of worldwide political awareness. Don’t be caught with your kilt up.”

Catch the McKenzies on tour in a city (or cruise ship) near you:

03/05/15 Golden, BC Canada Rockwater Grill
03/06/15 Lethbridge, AB Canada Bo Diddly’s
03/07/15 Edmonton, AB Canada Pawn Shop w/ Fire Next Time, The Old Wives
03/08/15 Jasper, AB Canada Jasper Royal CDN Legion w/ Isotopes
03/09/15 Banff, AB Canada Wild Bill’s
03/10/15 Red Deer, AB Canada Bo’s Bar & Grill w/ Isotopes, The Capones
03/11/15 Chicago, IL The Abbey w/ Red Rebel County
03/15/15 Grand Stirrup Cay, Bahamas FLOGGING MOLLY’S SALTY DOG CRUISE
03/17/15 Calgary, AB Canada Dickens w/ Isotopes, River Jacks, South City Ale
03/18/15 Moose Jaw, SK Canada Bobby’s Place
03/19/15 Regina, SK Canada McNally’s Tavern w/ Isotopes
03/20/15 Saskatoon, SK Canada Amigos w/ Isotopes, Savage Henry & The Infamous One Pounders
03/21/15 Winnipeg, MB Canada The Windsor w/ Isotopes
03/22/15 Thunder Bay, ON Canada Black Pirate Pub
03/24/15 Hamilton, ON Canada Absinthe w/ Isotopes, Rezentments, The Let Downs
03/25/15 London, ON Canada Rum Runners w/ Isotopes
03/26/15 Toronto, ON Canada Horseshoe w/ Isotopes
03/27/15 Ottawa, ON Canada Maverick’s
03/28/15 Kingston, ON Canada Mansion
03/29/15 Montreal, QC, Canada Katacombes
03/30/15 Oshawa, ON Canada Moustache Club w/ Isotopes
04/01/15 Lansing, MI The Avenue Cafe w/ Hex Bombs, The Devil’s Cut
04/02/15 Columbus, OH Rumba Cafe
04/03/15 Indianapolis, IN Vogue Theatre w/ Timebomb, The Putz
04/04/15 Green Bay, WI Lyric Room w/ The Bastard Association, Rainey St. Warriors
04/05/15 Madison, WI Darwin Sampson
04/09/15 Spokane, WA Big Dipper
04/10/15 Seattle, WA El Corazon
04/11/15 Vancouver, BC Canada Rickshaw w/ Isotopes
04/23/15 Vienna, Austria Arena w/ The Sensitives
04/24/15 Unterwaldhausen, Germany Querbeat Festival
04/25/15 Karlsuhe, Germany Alte Hackerei
05/02/15 Meerhout, Belgium Groezrock
05/09/15 Le Cateau-Cambresis, France Zikenstock Festival
05/12/15 Prague, Czech Republic Rock Cafe
05/14/15 Munich, Germany Strom
05/15/15 Munster, Germany Skaters Palace
05/16/15 Stuttgart, Germany JH Hallschiag
05/21/15 Ostrava, Czech Republic Barrak Music Club
05/23/15 Hunxe, Germany Ruhrpott Rodeo
05/25/15 Frankfurt, Germany Das Bett
05/26/15 Freiburg, Germany Walfisch
05/31/15 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island


  1. I love this band! This song rips and these guys show no signs of slowing down. They are on the verge of becoming huge, and they deserve it! Long live the McKenzies!

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