Canadian band The Real McKenzies have been playing their signature brand of Scottish folk/punk for almost a quarter century and they show no signs of slowing down on ninth studio release “Rats in the Burlap.” If you like a healthy helping of bagpipes in your punk rock, The Real McKenzies most certainly will scratch that itch.
This 14-track release speeds by in a very economical 36 minutes, with precious little wasted effort from frontman Paul McKenzie and his mates. While I enjoyed their last album, 2012’s “Westwinds,” a little better, their longtime fans should find plenty to love here.
Blistering opener “Wha Saw the 42nd” is the highlight of “Rats in the Burlap,” with The Real McKenzies also impressing on “Who’d a Thought,” “Lilacs in the Alleyway,” “Yes,” “Bootsy the Haggis-Eating Cat” and “Spinning Wheels.” Keep on keeping on, lads. (Jeffrey Sisk)