Rank and File

Formed by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman after they split up their hardcore punk band the Dils, Rank and File were a roots rock post-punk band. The Kinmans' singing was distinctive; they weren't traditional harmony singers à la the Everly Brothers, but rather sang synchronized upper and lower octaves. The songwriting was wry, heartfelt, and cliché-free. They were so into cowpunk and so far from their hardcore punk beginnings that they even landed a spot on PBS's revered country music showcase Austin City Limits.


The Kinmans' next project was the synthpop, guitar and drum-machine based, Blackbird (band). Former guitarist Alejandro Escovedo formed the short-lived True Believers with his brother Javier, and recorded a number of solo records.


  • Sundown (1982)
  • Long Gone Dead (1984)
  • Rank and File (1987)


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