The Real McKenzies Announce 'Rats in the Burlap' LP, Canadian Tour

The Real McKenzies Announce 'Rats in the Burlap' LP, Canadian Tour
Three years on from sailing the Westwinds, Canadian-based Celtic punk group the Real McKenzies have announced another LP. Their ninth full-length effort is called Rats in the Burlap, and it arrives March 24 in Canada via Stomp and April 7 in the U.S. through Fat Wreck Chords.

A press release notes that the group are once again delivering their "high-octane, booze-fuelled brand of punk rock," with the 14-song set threading Scottish and Celtic textures into the "melodic badassery." Like a fine glass of Belhaven ale, NOFX's Fat Mike and bassist Joe Raposo, both of whom having performed live with the McKenzies, were drafted by the band to add to the recordings.

Vocalist Paul McKenzie said in a statement that the group have prepped an LP "chocked full of new songs that we just know will appeal to all." This includes a track about the singer's cat stealing his haggis on Robbie Burns Day ("Bootsy the Haggis-Eating Cat"), songs of rebellion ("Who'd a Thought") and tunes about life on the road ("Midnight Train to Moscow," "Up on a Motorbike").

Speaking of which, the Real McKenzies have announced a Canadian tour alongside Vancouver's baseball-loving punk crew, the Isotopes. You'll find all of the trip info, as well as a tracklisting for Rats in the Burlap, down below.

Rats in the Burlap:

1. Wha Saw the 42nd
2. Up on a Motorbike
3. Who'd a Thought
4. Midnight Train to Moscow
5. Lilacs in the Alleyway
6. Yes
7. You Wanna Know What
8. What Have You Done
9. Bootsy the Haggis-Eating Cat
10. Spinning Wheels
11. Stephen's Green
12. The Fields of Inverness
13. Catch Me
14. Dead or Alive

Tour dates:

03/05 Golden, BC - Rockwater Grill *
03/06 Lethbridge, AB - Bo Diddly's *
03/07 Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop *
03/08 Jasper, AB - Royal Legion *
03/09 Banff, AB - Wild Bill's *
03/10 Red Deer, AB - Bo's Bar & Grill  *
03/17 Calgary, AB - Dicken's *
03/18 Moose Jaw, SK - Bobby's Place *
03/19 Regina, SK- McNally's Tavern *
03/20 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos *
03/21Winnipeg, MB - The Windsor *
03/22 Thunder Bay, ON - Black Pirates Pub *
03/24 Hamilton, ON - Absinthe *
03/25 London, ON - London Hall *
03/26 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *
03/27 Ottawa, ON - Maverick's *
03/28 Kingston, ON - The Mansion *
03/29 Montreal, QC - Katacombes *
03/30 Oshawa, ON - Moustache Club *
04/11 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre *

* with the Isotopes