Two Devils Will Talk
The Real McKenzies
Fat Wreck Chords, 2017
The Real McKenzies have been at this Celtic Punk thing for 25 years now and like AC/DC (pre-Axl) and Motorhead, there is a reliable consistency here that sounds familiar. Two Devils Will Talk has everything you want or expect at this stage. Driven songs boasting of bravado, sailing, drinking, and all done with lots of bagpipes and attitude.
This album is bare knuckled poetry by the sort of men who would normally scoff at that sort of thing, but poetic nonetheless. Fourteen shout along numbers with “Sail” and “The Comeback” standing out to my ears. “Fuck the Real McKenzies” is sort of self explanatory and loads of fun. This disc is dirty, sweet and within your reach as the band is on tour once more. If you liked them before, this serves to solidify their place in your music library.