The Slash Years
Released: Jun 2007
Led by brothers Tony and Chip Kinman — formerly of L.A. punk band The Dils — Rank and File's sound gelled after the brothers moved to Austin and recruited Alejandro Escovedo and Slim Evans. With a robust sound rooted in traditional country music, R&F's twanging guitars and thumping bass are the foundations on which the brothers wove their juxtaposing vocal harmonies. It was, in fact, the brothers' harmonies — Tony with his uber-deep vocals a la Johnny Cash and Chip's higher, chirpier ones —that largely defined Rank and File's sound, and absolutely made songs such as "Lucky Day" and "Amanda Ruth." "The Conductor Wore Black," "I Went Walking" and "I Don't Go Out Much Anymore" are classics just waiting for a new country upstart to cover them. The Slash Years was released in 2007, but the two albums that make up this release, Sundown and Long Gone Dead, were both released in the 1980s.