The Real McKenzies

The Real McKenzies:Bone lifts his kilt to Brian McGillespie

(Brian McSporran) What’s been going on with the band lately? Any news from up North?
(Bone/RMC)
We have been busy breaking in a whole slew of drummers, only to find out that they’re all pussies who cant take a punch. But we found a guy who can take quite a few punches and a kick in the sack too. We’re going to take him to Europe with us this winter, then off to Austrailia, the United States in April, and back to Europe for the festival season. I reckon thats enough time to spend in the van with each other. Somewhere in there we’ll finish writing a new album.

(Brian McSporran)
2. Tell us about the origins of the band, and all that usual crap.

(Bone/RMC)
Paul and a guy by the name of Tony Walker started doing this in 1992, pretty much as a gag. It might have even been called Tartan Haggis. They were doing cover songs like I Wanna Be Your Scot, Do Ya Think I’m Scottish, and It’s My Party and I’ll Wear Plaid If I Want To. Obviously they had a lot of fun and kept at it. By the time I joined the band in 1999, they had ditched all the cheesy covers (thankfully), and we’re writing some great original music. Alot of people say the band got much heavier after Tony left and I joined. I guess that’s true, as I’ve always been a punk rocker and I’ve always liked me metal heavy.

(Brian McSporran)
3. If you guys are The Real McKenzies, who are The Fake McKenzies?

(Bone/RMC)
I dunno. This band was ten years after Bob and Doug McKenzie, which could technically put us in catagory B.

(Brian McSporran)
4. I know Robbie Burns is a huge influcence, tell us some of the others.

(Bone/RMC)
Andy Stewart (but not Rod), Harry Lauder, Kenneth Kellar, even the Irish Rovers for crissakes. But that’s only one side of the fence. The punk influences are too numerous to mention. Good scotch and a palateable ale, if not an influence, are definatley an incentive.

(Brian McSporran)
5. The Scotland flag I always take your concerts hasn’t been used for a while, should I be getting it ready for any upcoming tours?

(Bone/RMC)
Why, yes you should. You should also bust out the cots, cause we’ll be staying at your place.

(Brian McSporran)
6. Speaking of touring, where are your favorite places to play?

(Bone/RMC)
We enjoy playing everywhere, but some of the bands favorites are (of course) Scotland (in the Kingdom of Fife), and Austria and Germany are quite kind to us as well. We are hitting Ireland for the first time this winter, with a show in Belfast and Dublin. That I’m looking forward to, me being the token (toking?) Irishman in the band.

(Brian McSporran)
7. Speaking of favorite places, I know you have some upcoming Scotland dates, just how do the Scots react to you guys?

(Bone/RMC)
You just knew I was going to say Scotland didn’t you. The first time we played there, we played in a town called Leven. As we were walking to the club in our kilts to soundcheck, a group of 7 or 8 kids, no more than 8 years old, followed us at a blocks length and sang “Donald Where’s Your Trousers?” That night we were treated to a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label, and six crystal scotch glasses. The people there had a really fucking good time. I must make note though, that the only time someone has ever had the balls or audacity to say “Nice skirt faggot!”, was some dickhead in Dundee. Of course he yelled it from the other side of the street. Go figure huh? Only in Scotland.

(Brian McSporran)
8. What’s this I hear about your drummer, Brad Attitude leaving the band? Is this true? Or am I just in a drunken stupor? (Wait, don’t answer the drunken stupor part)

(Bone/RMC)
From my own drunken stupor, you seem pretty normal. And I think it’s your round. Anyway, Brad has indeed left the band, to look after other interests, but he is still involved somewhat. We’ll be doing a show with him at the end of November in Vancouver. We’ll have to see how the winds of the future blow the sails of the past, whatever the fuck that means.

(Brian McSporran)
9. You guys have been around for a long time, what’s your opinion on this “Celtic-Punk” genre?

(Bone/RMC)
I hate it and I wish it would just go away….no wait, that would be bad. It just makes sense, I think. Taking what was already rowdy, good time music, and adding some agression into it. I just think of it as modern. It’s the same sound of yesterday, with the great new style of today. Let me know when I’m being a goof.

(Brian McSporran)
10. Your latest effort “Oot & Aboot” is in my opinion, the best album to date, what made this album different from previous efforts?

(Bone/RMC)
Our last album, Loch’d & Loaded, was my first with the band. You can hear that difference on that album compared to the previous two, songwriting wise. Oot & Aboot was done over a month, where Loch’d & Loaded was done in like three days. The production is a big difference.

(Brian McSporran)
11.Help me feed my ego, What do you think of Shite’n’Onions? Is there anything we should improve on?

(Bone/RMC)
I think it;s one of a kind. It’s one place I can count on the bullshit rivalry that some people have drempt up between the bands involved in this particular vein of music, to never appear. The bands are recognised for what they are. Bands. I appreciate that. Nice layout as well. Your doin’ a damn fine job, Brian. (several pats on the back)

(Brian McSporran)
12. Thanks for the interview, any last words you need to get out?

(Bone/RMC)
I seriously meant it when I said that its your round.

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