But this is the kind of momentary tension one would and should expect with two lifelong friends. Rancourt is accustomed to the bickering and keeps the session on track. The hidden track closing out Six, a cover of Sparklehorse's "Hammering the Cramps," is nailed here. The soaring instrumental "George Brett's Pine Tar" would be the ideal musical score for Missile Command should Atari come knocking. Another instrumental initially titled "Epic Jam" is renamed "Pill Wedged in the Esophagus," while "Hot/Cold" is re-dubbed "Do the Appendicitis" just before the original December '10 release date. It turns out MacDougall's discomfort was caused by a vitamin literally stuck in his upper chest and required biopsies and a hospital visit, while Jackson suffered a blown appendix and missed his first Six Star show in seven years.

But now, another album and another year of local weekend warrior shows for Kyle, Slick, and Dan.

"We're in our mid-30s and early 40s with full-time jobs, and Kyle has a young daughter so we manage the band around his schedule," MacDougall said. "We have no interest in touring away from home. We've managed to record all our albums using money only from shows and album sales. After 12 releases in almost seven years, we have nice gear and zero debt," he said, "and we're having the most fun we've ever had."

THE JANES FAMILY BENEFIT featuring SIX STAR GENERAL + THE DIEPODS + WE OWN LAND + COMA COMA | Saturday, January 29 @ 9 pm | Billy Goode's, 23 Marlborough Street, Newport | 401.848.5013 | 21+ | 75orlessrecords.com

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