REAL MCKENZIES, THE: Off the Leash: CD

I respect the Real McKenzies. Most people compare them to the Dropkick Murphys because they both do punk with bagpipes (so, clearly, Minor Threat and The Marked Men are similar because they both do punk with guitars). The Real McKenzies have been around for, I think, fifteen years or so and this is their sixth studio album. They manage to incorporate the bagpipe into most of their songs. There’s a complication to this. You see, the bagpipe itself can only play in the key B flat and the Real McKenzies have written most of their musical career in that one key. They are the greatest example of variation on a theme that I have ever heard. Thumbs up times twenty. This is their second best behind 10,000 Shots.

 –Bryan Static (Fat Wreck)