Wednesday, April 24, 2019
– Brothers Chip and Tony Kinman fronted bands including Rank and File, The Dils, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation. Now, 22 unreleased performances from all four bands will be out on "Chip & Tony Kinman: Sounds Like Music," due out June 28 on Omnivore Recordings.
The Kinmans formed seminal California punk band The Dils in 1977 (and appeared in Cheech & Chong's "Up in Smoke"), then cowpunkers with Rank and File (whose early line-up included Alejandro Escovedo), Blackbird with its more industrial sound and Cowboy Nation with a more traditional country sound.
Selected by Chip and taken from the brothers' archives, these restored and remastered tracks trace their journey. Tony passed away in 2018.
According to Chip, "When Omnivore Recordings asked me if I had any unreleased music, I replied, 'I don't think so, but I'll check.' As it turned out, I had plenty. Listening to these tracks brought back many memories. Not just memories of the songs, but also the times they were created in. This record is full of our revolutionary fervor, full of our resistance to trends and more importantly to what we had done before, musically that is. 'Sounds Like Music' is the proof, if needed, that 'we do as we please.' It has become my favorite Chip and Tony record, revolution has never sounded so musical."
"So, I'll leave you with a quote from Tony: 'If you want to make a good record, record something good.' We did just that."
The track list is:
1. Real Style Blackbird
2. Folks Say Go The Dils
3. Me Too Blackbird
4. Liberation Blackbird
Jersey Girl Blackbird
6. Dope Blackbird
Rank And File (Alternate Version) Rank and File
8. Candy Blackbird
9. Amanda Ruth (Alternate Version) Rank and File
10. Lucky Day (Alternate Version) Rank and File
11. Paniolo (Alternate Version) Cowboy Nation
Citizen Rank and File
13. Revolution Is RisingBlackbird
14. Dream On Blackbird
15. Restless Rank And File
16. Landslide Rank And File
17. Old Paint Blackbird
18. Blue Hair Blackbird
19. Perfect DayBlackbird
20. She's Real Gone Blackbird
21. Rebel (Alternate Version) Cowboy Nation
22. All The Same Blackbird