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Viking's Choice: Six Bells, 'Out Of The Line'

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Six Bells.
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Six Bells.

Twenty years ago, emo was smack-dab in the middle of its defining years. The Midwestern U.S., in particular, gave us Braid, The Promise Ring, Christie Front Drive, Mineral and Rainer Maria. One of the region's lesser-known, but no less beloved, bands was Kansas City's Boys Life, with its decidedly more abrasive and messy (but also cinematically windswept) sound. As that group embarks on a short reunion tour Friday to promote a vinyl reissue of 1996's Departures And Landfalls, singer-guitarist Brandon Butler has something new to offer.

Six Bells features Butler, as well as members of his new Louisville scene — including folks who are or have been in Coliseum, Whips/Chains and Black Cross. The band's debut album, A Little Bit Forever, rounds out the Americana-tinged solo records that Butler has released in the past decade with a bit of Louisville hardcore backbone. "Out Of The Line" is our first taste, and its down-home boogie-rock sounds like The Afghan Whigs reincarnated as a Replacements B-side.

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