The Real Mckenzies (2016)

Foreword: All Answers by Paul McKenzie, the questions were answered Feb 16, 2016. Photos from the Calgary show (March 17, 2016) to appear end of March on my Facebook link (contact at the end).

According to the official Facebook Page

  • Start Date: Founded in 1992
  • Genre: The original Celtic punk band!
  • Band Members
    Paul McKenzie: Vocals
    Jono Jak: Guitar, Vocals
    Dan Garrison: Guitar, Vocals
    Troy Zak: Bass, Vocals
    Jesse Pinner: Drums
    Aspy Luison: Bagpipes, Vocals
    Matt McNasty : Bagpipes, Vocals
    Gord Taylor : Bagpipes, Vocals
  • Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords, Stomp Records, Sudden Death, Honest Don’s

Q1. Where did the band name originate ?

A1. We formed in Vancouver BC, in 1992. The band name was taken from the worst single malt scotch available on the planet, The Real MacKenzie. I thought it would be a fitting name for a totally excellent Celtic punk band. 

Q2. What one band would you like to share the stage/tour with?

A2. BOIDS….and lucky me. 

Q3. How was “Rats in Burlap” (2015) received?

A3. It is our best selling album to date, I love the cover art, and Bootsy the Haggis Eating cat will go down in history along with all of the other timeless greats.

Q4.What has been your favourite/easiest album to work on versus to the most difficult/least favourite to work on? why?

A4. Question…what would be YOUR favourite album if you were to be in my position. There are element of difficulty just releasing one album, let alone over a dozen of them. They are all my babies. I love and hate them all equally.

Q5. Why the 3 year delay between forming in 1992 and releasing your first album in 1995?

A5. Drug and alcohol abuse. Not by me, but with the lineup at the time. After having had fired those losers and hiring a new band, we went on to create an excellent album.

Q6. Do you guys have one specific lyricist or do you all write together?

A6. Sometimes it’s all about me, and other times it’s not all about me. We enjoy sharing our lyrical expertise at this time, but maybe not next time. Yes we all write together. 

Q7. Is there any band or vocalist you’d like to collaborate on or have appear in a song

A7. Too late. They are all dead.

Q8. Does the band have any pre-show rituals or things besides warm-ups they do?

A8. Yes. Kilting and booting up, writing set lists, and slapping the piss out of each other happily as we consume copious amounts of beer and scotch whiskey. Others have tried to join us in this sacred ritual and ended up injured and bloodied. That’s what we do!

Q9. Has anyone every sustained a major injury on tour or during a show?

A9. Too many to list. If not self-inflicted the injuries we sustain have been dealt to us by our beloved audience. We love them all.

Q10. If you could drink a non-canadian beer for an entire tour which one would it be?

A10. When on tour around the world, we honour the local breweries by attempting to drink the whole supply of their latest batch. Sometimes we are successful.

Q11. Future plans for the band?

A11. Now that the Irish Rovers have retired, there are a few more bands that we will eloquently nudge into retirement as well, thus clearing the way for Real McKenzie world domination. They know who they are!!!

Q12. Besides music what other activities are you guys involved in?

A12. Working to pay our rent, sailing boats, motorcycling, bicycling, drinking, and running amok, all willy-nilly.

Q13. What are your views of the Canadian music scene as a whole?

A13. As a whole? Or a hole?

Q14. How does it feel being a band for almost 25 years?

A14. It hasn’t been 25 years, has it? Funny how time flies when you’re having such an excellent time. No regrets, we buried the rest. 

Q15. Anything You’d like to mention or touch on?

A15. On behalf of myself and the Real McKenzies we have a great lineup, we are raring to go in terms of touring the world, and creating another extra-special musical extravaganza. Looking forward to seeing you all and perhaps sharing a glass. 


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Fall City Fall Q&A October 2014

Reigning from Calgary, AB. These local hometown heroes have not only made a name for themselves in the hardcore community but have also put Calgary on the map. With past releases 1629 (2010) and Dead Saints (2012). These boys have just recently released their album Victus on Victory Records in January 2013. Drawing in hundreds on their own they have performed with artists such as Devil Wears Prada, Silverstein, Architects and Counterparts. Without stopping they are back in studio with a new release coming Feburary 2015. I had a chance to sit down with Keenan Pylchaty and discuss the past and future of FCF (Fall City Fall).

Q1. Prior to your guys formation in 2008, were any of the members in other bands? or was this a first serious project for everyone?

A1. Well personally, Fall City Fall is the very first band I had ever played in, my very first show was in a basement under the name FCF. It never started as anything more then just having fun with friends, but the older we got the more serious we started taking it. As for everyone else, and with all the member changes, naturally everyone else came from different bands. (Keenan)

Q2. Obviously overtime the band has progressed and evolved. Looking back which of the three releases was the funnest or the most challenging to record?

A2. I think every release brings a whole new set of challenges and learning curves. Its hard to pinpoint them because with everyone, your learn new things and grow as musician. The first time we went down to rain city (1629) will always stand out for me. That’s the first time any of us had actually set foot in a “real” studio, I have to admit at first it was very overwhelming

Q3. You guys began as a dual vocalist band, and recently Nathan had left, are you guys on good terms and what brought on this major change for the band?

A3. Of course Nathan will always be close to our hearts. I’ve personally known Nathan for a very long time and he is still one of my closest friends. Honestly, the band would not be where we are today with out his love, dedication, blood sweat and tears, and for that, we are forever in gratitude. I think the reason for the change was just simple, as much as we all love each other; overtime we all just grew into different people, musicians and had different vision of where we wanted to take the band. Nathan did what he had felt was best for his well being and we all respect that and wish him the best of luck.

Q4. Going through your video catalogue, it seems that you love involving the local community in filming music videos such as; Victus, Shallow Believer, Decentipede and Dead Eyes just to name a few. What are your thoughts on that?

A4. The Calgary Scene has been very loyal to us, and we have made many friends along the way, I think its just fun having your friends come out to support you at what you love to do, and over the years they still show their constant support. So for that, we thank everyone who has came out to be apart of our journey.

Q5. How does playing for a few dozen people in a basement to playing to hundreds in a hall or bar?

A5. We love every show we get to play, and we always put 100% into out performances whether its 5 people or 500. The adrenaline rush is always the same, but I do admit, playing small basement shows is a little more intimate and in your face, which we all really love.     

Q6. Besides for hometown shows, do you guys have any favorite city you enjoy playing?

A6. Honestly every city is different and comes with its own set of experiences and personality, and every time we play a city, we always come away with another great memory. However Montreal definitely comes to mind.

Q7. Out of the bands you’ve toured with who is your favorite? and is there anyone you’d like to tour with in the future?

A7. Oh man! That’s a hard question to answer. We’ve had the privilege to tour with so many great bands and every time we walk away with a new set of best friends. Slumlord, Kennedy, A Sight For Sewn Eyes, Wrath Of Versevious and Counterparts, just to name a few. They are all really solid bands. As for the future, we aren’t picky and are always looking for new friends to make.

Q8. Do you have any advice that hasn’t been repeated time and time again by bands for upcoming artists?

A8. All advice is pretty cliché and I could probably write a book on the do’s and don’ts, So I’ll simply say “ don’t give up, and don’t take criticism to personally” You should be in a band because that’s what you enjoy doing, not to impress girls or music prudes haha.

Q9. Obviously your new album is coming out in the near future. What should fans expect from this upcoming work?

A9. Straight PISSED capital PISSED. We are super excited for this next one; with obvious member changes we feel that this is the final line up. We all work so well together and the chemistry between us, honestly gives me chills sometimes. 

Keenan Pylychaty - Vocals
Keenan Pylychaty – Vocals
Nathan Pope - Drums
Nathan Pope – Drums