Rats in the Burlap is the latest salvo from Celtic punks The Real McKenzies. The album opens with a rousing anthem worthy of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and maintains the boot-stomping passion throughout. After 23 years of traversing the globe to spread their festive, high-octane, booze fueled brand of punk rock, The McKenzies show no signs of slowing. With street-punk standards highlighted by traditional Scottish musical elements, Rats in the Burlap is the perfect representation of what the band does best. From the fast paced, ultra-riffy punk classic “Who’d a Thought” to the penny whistle that playfully ambles its way through the catchy “You Wanna Know What”, the sing-along spirit of the album never let up. The Real McKenzies only feel at home while on the road, so rest assured that they’ll be sweeping across the land in a dust cloud of big riffs, bagpipes, and pint-hoisting revelry.