Punk with bag pipes, laddie it get's no better than that. Friday night at El Corazon in Seattle, Vancouver's, B.C. that is, own Real McKenzie's stopped by for a bag pipin' good time. This show was 21+ show which meant it was a late show. With four opening bands, the place was rockin' 'til 1:20 A.M. It made for a long road trip home but well worth it.
The first of the opening bands was "Rat City Ruckus" from White Center. They are a four piece high energy punker band that apparently has an affection for camo cargo shorts and they already have one very enthusiastic fan (see video). They have released a cd and I expect to be seeing more of these guys.
Second was Seattle's "Sledgeback". This band has become a favorite for me. They are a standard three piece fronted by Gabor Hun Szakacsi who always seems to be having the greatest time whenever he plays. It always amazes me how much material they can do during a 30 minute set. They were to play in Monitor last Saturday night but that show got canceled, however, word has it that they'll be playing at Wenatchee's "Wallapalooza" on the weekend of July 14th. A band you gotta see.
The last of the local opener's was "13 Scars" a five piece band that knew how to rock. This show was a cd release party for them and I expect to see more of them as well in the future. Unfortunately I've had a video malfunction during their part of the show. I hope to have some video's up at a later date.
The traveling opening band was "Civet" from L.A. For them, this was their first show of this part of the McKenzie tour. This band has changed line ups over just the past few years. They were originally a four piece all female band fronted by Suzi Carmichael and Liza Graves. When I first saw them last year, Suzi and Liza were there but the other two female members had been replaced by Christian and Jonny and this time Suzi was no longer with the band and I didn't catch the name of the replacement but he filled in well.
Then the headliner "The Real McKenzie's". This is just a unique six piece band that utilizes bagpipes on most every song and in a good way. They've been around a while as the band was formed in 1992 by lead singer Paul McKenzie. They played many a song during their 75 minute set and leader Paul spoke often with the crowd in entertaining fashion. They started out strong then mid way did a short acoustical set then hammered it on home kilt's a flyin'! The band was a definite crowd-pleaser.
The following song is "Fool's Road" off of their latest LP "Westwinds" which was just released in March.
I'd waited 5 years to see The Real McKenzies again, my first and only time being at the '07 Warped Tour. Even though they are from Vancouver, they seem to tour the states very little but tour Europe extensively. Hopefully, I won't have to wait another five years to see them.
It was also fun seeing a fellow "Wenatchee-ite" at the show. Nice to know I'm not alone. It was a good time.
Until the next one.