The Real McKenzies' new album 'Westwinds' is out this week so we caught up with the Fat Wreck Canadian Celtic punks' guitarist Bone to find out more. We al

What’s the song 'Fool’s Road' about and what does it mean to you?

“The song describes what we go through on a typical tour. We are proud of what we do, when a lot of our peers are stuck in dead end jobs, some having never left their home towns. Some never had the guts or were foolish enough to follow their hearts. It's been a long road and we may have caused some people to have reservations about us, and I guess we don't care... who you think we are.”

How are you feeling about the release of ‘Westwinds’?

“Of course we are all excited about it. A lot of work went into the album, and it will be interesting to see how it goes over with our dedicated fans.”

How do you think ‘Westwinds’ differs to your last studio album – 2008’s ‘Off The Leash’?

“'Westwinds' is a bit of a departure for us. It leans more towards our rock roots, than our punk roots. Since band members change often in this band, we have a different team of song writers on this outing, but the songs are solid and it still sounds like The Real McKenzies.”

What were your aims for this release and how did these goals change over the course of the writing/recording process?
“One of our aims was to broaden our audience with a slightly more mature sound. Lets face it, we aren't 20-somethings any more. The goals were kept intact by using a homegrown producer named Steve Loree who understood what we were trying to achieve.”

Could you tell us a bit about the themes and concepts behind ‘Westwinds’?

“Pirates, redemption, historic sea-faring tales, a little Canadiana, a little Scotch, and a whole bunch of rock 'n' roll.”

'Westwinds' is out now on Fat Wreck.

Hear the song 'Fool's Road' from the album below.