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Rank and File

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Years Active: 1981—1987
Genres: Alternative, Cowpunk, Post-punk, New Wave

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 band also included former Nuns guitarist Alejandro Escovedo.

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