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Off The Leash
The Real McKenzies – Off The Leash
Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 00:00
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When The Real McKenzies come out of their favorite drinking hole near some Canadian loch with a new album, you know what time it is. So dust off that kilt of yours, stock up on whiskey and start a party because “Off The Leash” has arrived.

On the band’s seventh album not a lot has changed. Paul McKenzie and his clan members still like to mix up punkrock with bagpipes and are still doing a good job. I have to admit that I’ve always liked the Murphys just a little better and that too is once again no different. Even though there’s no going around the fact that opener “Chip” and “Drink Some More” are killer songs.

Something that is new are the country and dixie influences that breeze in out of nowhere on “The Ballad Of Greyfriars Bobby” and “The Maple Trees Remember”… it might seem like a weird combo but hey, it’s all folk so it’s all good.

If you’re looking for a soundtrack to this summer’s good times, pick up a copy. And as always these guys will be hitting the road hard so be on the lookout for them in a town near you!

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.